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How to stay focused at work

How can some people stay focused all day long while others struggle to get their tasks done? The answer lies somewhere between practice and smart tricks that get us through the day. Because there’s no chance of shutting out the world while you’re busy, the decision to stay focused at work is in your hands. Here are a few tricks that will help you stay focused throughout the day.

Plan ahead

Every day before starting to work on all your tasks, write down 3 most important things you need to accomplish by the end of the day. Find a planning method that works the best for you; be it prioritised to-do lists, hourly work schedule, or a completely different planning method. Don’t forget to plan your breaks as well. Your brain isn’t capable of working 8 hours straight; it needs some time to recover.

Get your work station organized

To organise your thoughts and concentrate your focus on a single task, you need a work environment that supports this kind of clarity. Too much stuff within arms’ reach or atop your desk can prove to be really distracting. Clean up your desk and organise your computer’s desktop. To stay focused at work, only have the things you need neatly piled on your desk.

Less coffee, more water

It might seem counter-intuitive to limit your coffee intake while working. After all, it’s supposed to equip you with extra energy. But there’s another side to the story – too much coffee can tire you out. Drinking too much caffeine may lead to dizziness and insomnia, making it even more difficult to focus. Try replacing some of your daily coffee cups with water to keep your body hydrated and healthy.

Stay away from the social media

These sites aren’t meant to be checked all the time. So discipline yourself to log in only when you have extra minutes free. There’s a strong tendency that you’ll stay much longer than planned because something new, interesting and perky always comes with most social networking sites. Not only will it defeat your purpose of staying focused at work, but there’s plenty of information there that could get your mind unnecessarily perturbed — like a friend’s status about their heartbreak, or someone from work getting a raise.

Meeting the daily expectations of your job description is one thing, but staying on task from 9 to 5 is another issue entirely. Just remember — you are surrounded by so many things that could cut off your momentum. You can help keep these at bay and stay focused at work by using any of the 4 great strategies mentioned above.

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