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15 Ways To Stay Focused At Work

Steer Clear From Social Media

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

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15 Ways To Stay Focused At Work

15 Ways To Stay Focused At Work

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-ways-to-stay-focused-at-work.html

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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.

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 fatigued. 

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.

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.

Keep Your Drinking Water Nearby

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

Eat healthy snacks

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

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 accomplishment.

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.

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 space. 

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 working on important tasks.

Steer Clear From Social Media

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

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 the rest.

Check your emails only when you’re finished with the more important tasks. Limit your email time.


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 calls.  Ask them about their concerns, take notes and confirm that you are attending to their requests.

When you call them back, always try to limit the phone conversation to less than three minutes.

Put on the Headphones

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

Choose Suitable Music

Background music should provide you with ease and inspiration. 

Organize your music to suite your mood.

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