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15 Ways To Stay Focused At Work
You're bent on finishing the work at hand, and suddenly something comes up. You don't give thought to how pressing any distraction is - you just give it attention. Five minutes, ten minutes. Sometimes it goes to over an hour.

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Find the Fun

To create meaning in your tasks, find out why you need to do them. Then find ways to make each task fun. Owning a task in this way is likely to improve your focus.

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Be Comfortable

Don't let discomfort distract you from your work. 


Make sure you have a comfortable table and chair combination. That way you can remain focused for more hours without becoming fatig...

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Organise Your Workstation

Too much clutter on your desk can be distracting. 

Organise your desk. Retain only the items you need and keep them neatly arranged. Pack the rest away.

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Reduce Distraction On Your Computer

Use only one folder and put all files related to a project into the relevant folder.

Ensure your computer remains virus-free to reduce unnecessary stress.

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Keep Your Drinking Water Nearby

At the first signs of fatigue or hunger, drink some water for refreshment.

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Eat healthy snacks

Have some healthy snacks close by to settle a grumbling stomach. This will keep you energetic and focused.

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Make a Daily “To-Do” List

It’s always helpful to have a to-do list at your computer or in an accessible app.

Tick tasks off once you've completed them to provide a sense of ...

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Prioritize Tasks

The first hour at work is the most productive. 

Do the more demanding work first, followed by the less pressing work. End with the routine tasks.

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Inform Others

Let others know that you are trying to create a more focused routine. That way you are more likely to be left alone to focus.

Unless there’s a very urgent matter at hand, they’ll give you spa...

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Be "invisible"

Turn your mobile phone to silent mode during times when you need to pay full attention to your work.

Set the status of your instant messaging to “busy” or stay “invisible” while ...

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Steer Clear From Social Media

Discipline yourself to check Social Media only when you have time available. 

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Organize Your Emails

Have separate email addresses for business and personal use.  

Unsubscribe from senders you can do without. Organize the emails you need to attend to. Delete th...

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Redesign Your Phone Use

To focus on your work, do not allow intermittent phone calls. Rather request your colleagues to take messages.

Once you're done with your work, return earlier c...

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Put on the Headphones

Protect yourself from distractions with headphones so that you can remain focused. 

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Choose Suitable Music

Background music should provide you with ease and inspiration. 

Organize your music to suite your mood.

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Measure your results

To assist you with measuring results instead of time, keep done lists to feel more motivated and focused.

Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work and ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself.

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The Physics of productivity

Newton’s First Law applied to habit formation: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. 

Once a task has begun, it is easier to continue moving it forward. In other words, it is often easier to finish a task than it was to start it in the first place.

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Track and limit your time spent

Only around 17 % of people are able to accurately estimate the passage of time. 

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Take regular breaks

Taking scheduled breaks can actually help improve concentration. 

Some research has shown that taking short breaks during long tasks helps you to maintain a constant level of performance.

Set self-imposed deadlines

A manageable level of self-imposed stress can actually be helpful in terms of giving us focus and helping us meet our goals. 

For open-ended tasks or projects, try giving yourself a deadline, and then stick to it. 

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