Have trouble paying attention while your boss gives over his boring instructions (or even worse stories about his personal life)? Well we cannot change your boss but there are some good tips for keeping focused
We all have those days where it’s almost impossible to focus on work. You’ve got deadlines, you know the work needs to be done, but all motivation and focus to get the work done has been sapped from your body, you just sit there staring at the work something akin to a zombie. It’s not really surprising, we live in an age with a million and one distractions, in a multitude of different forms and varying levels of interaction. Whether it’s in the office or at home, sometimes there are just too many distractions that interrupt our focus.
The majority of the distractions are often sitting in our pocket, a few clicks or swipes away. If you can ignore those pesky phone notifications you have then got to ignore your none-work related emails and websites you regularly visit for distractions whether it’s Reddit, YouTube or the BBC.
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Spending your work-day checking your phone or gazing out of the window is unlikely to have a positive impact on your career.
Why not try to recover your focus with the aid of 20 simple tips for keeping focused. These tricks start off as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, the body needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day, sleeping under 6 hours a night can start to have detrimental effects on your productivity and it’s easy to lose focus, especially if you’re yawning throughout the day. Drinking more water is another good tips for keeping focused as dehydration can slow our thinking abilities and cause us to lose focus easily.
If you find yourself waning, take a break, have a drink of water and take a stroll in the sunshine to perf yourself up. If you’re able to perform some mid-day exercises, the endorphins released during exercise can help clear your mind, as well as improving the prioritising functions of our brain, helping to block out distractions and improve concentration.
One of the most important tips for keeping focused if you find your phone constantly in hand, turn off your social media notifications and keep phone calls short and concise. Try to keep a to-do list, prioritising your to-do list by working on the most challenging jobs for the beginning of the morning when you’re at your most productive, concentrate on ticking one piece off at a time and reward yourself for the jobs you manage to tick off, whether it’s something as simple as a quick tea or coffee break.
See below for some good tips for keeping focused via this Lottoland infographic