How To Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused at Work
Tips for staying focused at work: Set specific goals, Use the right tools, Create a workspace that fits your needs, Minimize distractions, Don't multitask.....
One of the biggest challenges in life is staying focused. It's not that easy to ignore distractions, especially when you are working from home. Thoughts keep popping up all around you, and before you know it, they take over your mind.
The problem is also made worse by today's technology. You don't have to make any physical effort to watch a video or open a new browser window – all it takes is one click, and suddenly your mind is off somewhere else.
Even though it is a lot easier to work from home, the downside of taking a break anytime you want is that it's too easy to take one. Also, you have fewer opportunities to socialize with your co-workers, which makes you feel isolated.
In today's post, I will share some tips on how to stay focused at work no matter where you are – in a traditional office or at home. These tips will help you eliminate distractions and boost your productivity.
Tips for staying focused at work:
Set specific goals:
If you don't put any short-term goals, your day will be filled with little tasks that give instant gratification but no clear sense of direction. Set yourself several functions for the day, and check them off as you go along. By this time, you will be working on another goal. Specific goals help you stay focused and add a sense of direction to your work.
Use the right tools:
It's hard to be productive if your computer is slow, but it's also difficult to work if you don't have the right software. For example, distractions are everywhere on social networks, so use an Internet blocker! Sure, disabling distracting websites altogether can cause problems when you need information from them quickly. But blocking them while working lets you focus without the fear of missing something important.
Create a workspace that fits your needs:
The more comfortable your environment, the easier it will be for you to concentrate on work. If listening to music helps keep you focused, then go ahead and listen to it. The most important thing is that every time you feel the urge to distract yourself, you have a way of keeping focused.
A new browser window or a glance at your phone can cost you an hour. Shut down all the distracting apps on your computer, so they don't pop up when somebody calls you or sends you an email message. Put away things that distract you, like your phone, TV remote, tablet/iPad, etc.
If something needs to be done right now, then do it, but if not, try to avoid doing multiple things at once. It isn't easy to focus if you are doing too many things at once. You can't be productive and focused on multiple tasks, so do your best to avoid rush jobs. If it isn't urgent, wait until later or tomorrow.
Don't get distracted by other people
If somebody knocks on your door, politely tell them you are busy and can talk later. If it's not possible to avoid distractions like these, put up a sign that you are unavailable or out for lunch so others will leave you alone. It will be hard to get focused if people around you ask questions or make small talk.
Keep track of time
When working from home, it's very easy to lose track of time and forget about everything else but your work. Make an effort to keep track of time; set multiple timers if necessary, but create some alarm when the task at hand is complete (when you need a break).
Eat healthy food
It's essential to eat healthy food, not only for your body but also for your mind. If you are hungry or thirsty, it will be hard to focus on work. So prepare a nutritious meal ahead of time or pack something that won't spoil if left out overnight.
Spend time away from work
It's good to come back fresh after a short break, but if you're off on vacation, it might be difficult for your brain to get back into its routine. Unplug yourself from the world and spend some time exploring new things without any connection to work or other responsibilities. When you feel ready to go back, try catching up on some light reading about what has been going on in your industry during your absence.
Procrastination is a delicate balance between being productive and being lazy. Sometimes it's hard not to get distracted when we have so many things that need doing right away, but remember that every minute you don't do something important will cost more than minutes spent doing it.
If you find staying focused at work difficult, don't give up – constant practice will help your brain adapt to the new environment and learn to stay on task without you having to remind it now and then.
With these tips, you'll be able to increase your productivity rate whether you are working in an office or from home. They may seem insignificant, but they can make a massive difference if put into action.
Let us know how to try them out by leaving a comment below! Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from these tips; thanks for reading!