Staying focused at work can be difficult if you have a constant stream of phone calls, emails, clients and employees demanding your attention. With a few simple techniques, it is possible to improve your focus which leads to better all-round productivity. Here are four ways to stay focused and harness your determination:
Do the difficult things first
Start the working day by completing the most difficult tasks. Any work that is seen as difficult will not get easier as the day goes on and you will only be wasting energy the more you fret about something. It is best to get the hardest jobs out-of-the-way while you still have the energy and the mind is fresh.
Studies have shown the mind is a lot sharper early in the day and that is the perfect time to tackle the most complex and time-consuming jobs. Once the difficult work is complete, the rest of the day is free to finish the more routine assignments that do not demand as much energy, ability or mental strain.
Eliminate time wasters and distractions
A real emergency can happen at anytime and must be deal with straightaway. But, most situations that interrupt the workday are not emergencies; there are many time-wasting, trivial matters that do not need your attention right away. In many cases, these situations will likely to resolve themselves over time. If you stop working to keep responding to minor requests, you will definitely find yourself receiving a lot more. However, if you ignore the minor distractions, you will show you are a focused, strong-murdered person who is busy.
Keep up your energy
A regular break through the working day is a great way to regenerate the mind and body. If it feels like your energy is starting to fade, take a short break and complete a few stretches, go for a run, or take a brisk walk. Even after a short break from your workstation, you will have a sharper mental focus and renewed vigor.
Also, eating small snacks of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables through the day is a lot better than eating a large meal at lunchtime. Additionally, drinking plenty of water will further help to keep the mind fresh and able to concentrate on the task at hand.
Keep your ultimate goals in mind
Create a useful reminder like a mind movie or a vision board to help stay in touch with your ultimate goals. If you have something to aim for, you will stay focused and work more effectively to achieve what you really want in life.