8 Great Ways to Stay Focused at Work

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If you are employed, chances are you’ve probably had one of those days where it seems almost impossible to stay focused and engaged with what you are working on. Even the most talented and engaged employees have days like this.

Whether you love your job or you hate it, at one time or another you’ve probably found yourself completely distracted and out of touch with the tasks at hand.

Don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. Staying focused and on task at work can be a challenge no matter how you feel about your job or what field you work in.

Avoid Distractions at Work – Here’s How!

Wish staying focused and avoiding distractions during the workday was a little bit easier? Here are 8 ways you can stay focused and be more productive at work on a daily basis.

1. Make Sure Your Workspace is Comfortable

Let’s face it. If you are uncomfortable in your work area, it is going to be nearly impossible for you to focus. Instead of constantly squirming in your seat, take initiative and make some changes if you are less than comfortable in your workspace. There are lots of easy and inexpensive ways to make your office a bit more ergonomic. (Check out our guide to ergonomic offices on a budget here for some ideas to get you started.) You will be amazed at what a difference a few minor adjustments can make.

2. Keep Your Workspace Organized

When it comes to staying focused, organization is key. Keeping your workspace neat and tidy can help you stay on task in a few ways. First, it will help to minimize distractions by keeping items you don’t need to complete the task you are working on out of your way. Second, it can assist with keeping the items you do need on a regular basis at your fingertips so you don’t get sidetracked while trying to find them.

Check out these 10 creative office space hacks for some organizational tips and tricks you can try out in your workspace!

3. Create a To-Do List (And Update It Frequently)

An old fashioned to do list can be so helpful when you need a little bit of assistance with staying on task. Make a list in the morning (or the night before) so you know first thing what you have on your plate for the day. Then, start crossing things off. You might be surprised how satisfying it is to check things off your list – and how much easier it is to write things down instead of just remembering them. Having the list to refer to throughout the day can help you to stay on track even if you do get sidetracked once in a while.

4. Go For A Walk

Sometimes you can’t focus because your brain just needs a break. A good way to refocus and cure “antsyness” is to go for a walk. Physical activity helps to stimulate the body and refocus the mind. The change of scenery you’ll enjoy by getting out of the office for a bit will help you to be more on-task and productive when you return to your desk.

5. Pack (or Buy) A Healthy Lunch (& Snacks)

Hunger can be a huge distraction. Food powers the body and the brain, and when you’re hungry it can be hard to focus on anything else. Nourishing your body and mind with healthy meals and snacks throughout the day can make a huge difference when it comes to your ability to stay on task.

6. Tune Out Your Surroundings

If you work in a shared workspace (or even if you don’t), your surroundings can be the source of lots of distractions. When you really need to focus on the task at hand, tuning out those distractions is incredibly important. A good set of headphones can be a great way to tune out the noise and commotion of your surroundings if you work in a shared workspace. If you have an office, closing the door and making yourself a little bit less accessible while you work on a project can be beneficial.

Finding the ideal workspace is very important when it comes to minimizing distractions and being as productive as you can be. Review these 10 important questions to find out what kind of office space is right for you and where you should work to be most productive.

7. Schedule Time For Distractions

Distractions can pull you away from what you should be working on quickly. Even if you tune them out for a good part of each day, in most cases they are not entirely avoidable. When that’s the case, use distractions productively! Schedule time in your day to enjoy distractions like social media, personal emails and online articles. Whether you use these distractions as a reward for finishing a project, or as a break from a particularly grueling task, scheduling time for them can help you to embrace distractions by utilizing them to increase your productivity.

8. Establish a Routine

If you want to increase your productivity and stay focused at work, consider establishing a daily routine. A solid schedule can help you to get more done in a day and to organize your time wisely. It will give you the structure and plan you need to check more items off of your to do list each day and keep you on track so you won’t have as much room to procrastinate and put things off.

Use These Easy Tips to Keep You Focused at The Office

Don’t let distractions get you down! With these easy tips for staying focused, you can completely change how you work and increase your productivity level. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference these small changes can make in your day to day life at the office.

Looking for more tips and tricks for improving your life at the office? The following resources are a great place to start:

8 Ways to Make Your Workspace Healthier – Your office probably isn’t overtly dangerous, but here are a few ways you can fix some of the elements that may be hazardous to your health.

Tips for Improving Your Office Environment – Tips and tricks for improving your little corner of the office, and the office atmosphere as a whole.

7 Things You Should Do During Your Lunch Break – To maintain a comfortable balance of happiness and success at work, try doing these 7 things on your lunch break!