In a worklife full of distractions sometimes it can be hard to remain focused on the task at hand. Whether it’s working from home (with kids!), the pull of social media, the ping of an email notification or the incessant ringing of the phone, staying focused can be a challenge. But help is at hand! In this article we share five ways to clear your mind so that you can knuckle down and get those important jobs completed.
1. Do one thing at a time
Juggling lots of balls at once is super hard to do. Instead, take a step back and concentrate on tackling one task at a time. Draw up a list and prioritise those tasks that are the most important whilst temporarily putting the rest out of your mind. And if you’re a morning lark then it’s probably a good idea to crack on with those more difficult or demanding tasks first thing in the morning when you’re at your best. Night owls that need to warm up and get into the groove more slowly might want to schedule those tasks for completion late in the afternoon. Be mindful of your body’s natural rhythms and work with them.
2. Block out time in your diary
Just as you would block out time in your diary for an important client meeting, why not do the same for writing that report, preparing that tender or whatever task it may be. Divert your phone to a colleague for the length of time necessary and make sure that you turn your screen off along with all your notifications.
3. Take a breather
Sometimes taking a short break does wonders to boost your energy levels. It might involve making a refreshing cup of tea or coffee, or perhaps some fresh air and a walk around the block. Getting away from your desk even for just a few minutes is often all it takes to refocus. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day as dehydration is a great energy sapper.
4. Listen to some music
We’re not talking about rap or heavy metal here! But research has shown that classical music can help to soothe and focus the mind. So put your headphones in and try listening to some Mozart. Not only will you be improving your concentration, it will also help to block out any distracting background noises in the office or the loud thumping and drilling sounds coming from the construction site across the road.
5. Change your environment
For some people a complete change of environment helps them to refocus on the job at hand. When in the office, if your company has a meeting room or quiet space, why not take yourself off there for the afternoon. For other people taking the laptop to the local coffee shop, working from home or even the nearest park is helpful in getting the creative juices working again.
With so many distractions and so much going on in the workplace, it can be difficult to get yourself in the right frame of mind. If you’re one of those people that maybe needs a little help, then try these ideas to reenergise and refocus so that you deliver at the highest level possible.