We all have those moments at work where we are hell bent on finishing a task, but we just can’t stay focused. All of us, at some points during the day, feel uninspired and fatigued. There are plenty of ways you can keep your focus levels up, ensuring you get your work done. Here are our top four tips to help you stay focused and productive while at your desk.
Instead of going to work telling yourself that you just need to get through the day, make an action plan for the week. Write out a list of clear goals you want to complete before the weekend. This will keep your mind focused on the objectives, helping you to avoid distractions.
Prioritise challenging work
You should always split up work into individual tasks, but it’s important to start off with the tasks that demand the most concentration. If you tackle challenging tasks first thing in the morning, you’ll be more focused. It might mean more time, but completing a challenging piece of work is a weight of your shoulders. Then, you can move onto the easier tasks and treat it like a small reward for finishing the challenging work.
To avoid wasting time and procrastinating, give yourself a deadline for each task. Even if there isn’t a formal deadline for your work, set a specific time for when you think you should get the task completed by. A deadline will motivate you to work harder and faster.
Exercise is a great stress relief and vital for mental fitness. To ensure focus and to reduce stress levels, get out and exercise as much as you can. Go for a walk on your lunch break to clear your mind. When you get home, do some quick stretches or go for a run to help get you geared up for the next day. People who exercise regularly sleep better and more sleep means better focus at work.
So, next time you catch yourself watching the minutes pass by on the clock in the office, try and utilise these tips and watch your productivity rocket off the charts – you’ve got this!