When faced with a heavy workload, sometimes no amount of organisation, planning and lists can stop your mind drifting off to think about other things.
Having a clear schedule is a great way to keep you on task, but keeping your mind fully focused and undistracted can often be challenging – and the occasional daydream is something I’m sure we’re all guilty of now and again.
Being productive and efficient at work is what we all strive for, so if you’re feeling a lull in concentration, integrating a few simple changes can make a big difference.
Here are my five top tips for finding focus at work:
Having a mammoth amount of jobs to get through in a day can feel a little overwhelming and you will probably find yourself jumping from one thing to another in an effort to get everything done.
Try prioritising the most important – or the biggest – tasks first, giving them your full attention and coming back to tackle the smaller bits later on.
Remove other distractions
The problem with having constant access to the internet – whether it’s on our phones, tablets or computers – is it’s oh so easy to become side-tracked from the tasks we’re meant to be doing.
Phone calls, emails and messages all contribute to pulling our attention away, so it’s a good idea to shut off these distractions for a short period, removing the temptation to abandon focus on what you’re doing.
Get some exercise
When you’re swamped in work exercise is probably the last thing you want to do, but it’s a proven method in boosting brain function and reducing anxiety.
Keeping active outside of office hours will do wonders for your state of mind and making a brisk walk a part of your working day will definitely help in finding that concentration.
While deadlines can be stressful, having a time constraint to complete a task can be a very effective way of forcing your brain into gear.
Setting yourself a time frame for when you want tasks to be completed by should help to keep you on track and encourage you to work more efficiently to get the job done within the limits you’ve set.
A change of scenery can do the world of good, so if you’re finding your mind is drifting it might be a good idea to allow yourself a short break.
Take a short walk outside to get some fresh air, grab yourself a drink or a snack, and enjoy a short break from your computer screen. You’ll come back feeling a lot fresher and ready to focus.
Want to really make the most of your day? Try these simple daily rituals.