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5 Techniques to Keep You Focused at Work - business.com

Try Both Meditation and Music

Meditation improves mindfulness, and mindfulness improves your ability to focus and observe. It is great for your mental and physical health too.

Work and music go hand-in-hand. According to a study, music helps you focus better on your thoughts, but then it has to be the kind of music you like and enjoy.

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5 Techniques to Keep You Focused at Work - business.com

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Use Technology

Examples of some tools that can help you focus better at work:

  • Blocking apps can remove temptations by blocking distracting sites such as Facebook or Netflix.
  • Organization and planning apps help you schedule the day in advance and many of them come with reminders too.
  • Apps that dim all windows except the active ones on your computer screen.
  • There are also apps that help you work in short intense bursts of focus.

Keep from external distractions

  • Keep your status Busy or Don’t disturb or Out of Office on office chats.
  • Using earplugs can block out distractions.
  • Convey politely yet firmly your work policies to your colleagues.
  • Allow yourself some chit-chat time so that you don’t miss out on socializing and stick to it religiously.

Structured and Proactive Work Schedule

Factor in these while planning your work day:

  • Your weaknesses - do you procrastinate when there is a tough task at hand?
  • Your limitations - do you have to be home early to take care of your kids?
  • Your strengths - are you more productive when under pressure?
  • Your habits - are you a morning person?

Try Both Meditation and Music

Meditation improves mindfulness, and mindfulness improves your ability to focus and observe. It is great for your mental and physical health too.

Work and music go hand-in-hand. According to a study, music helps you focus better on your thoughts, but then it has to be the kind of music you like and enjoy.

Workspace and Ergonomics

Design your workplace with ergonomics in mind.

An ergonomic workstation can boost your productivity. The concept of ergonomics is to design the workplace so as to minimize the physical strain on the worker; you can’t have your work and health hindered by poor workspace settings.

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The best one for you depends entirely on your working style and personal preferences.

You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list app or tool that syncs across all your devices. That way, you can access your to-do items whenever and wherever you need to, whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on a business trip.

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  • Knowing what you have going on well in advance could help you relax and sleep better the night before.

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