We have some advice that can help you motivate yourself throughout the workday, so you can complete everything you intend to do.
Here are five effective ways to help you stay focused at work.
Schedule Your Day by the Hour
It’s hard to stay focused when you don’t know what task to start first or what you plan on doing with your day. Scheduling your day by the hour puts everything you need to do in perspective so that you can plan your day accordingly.
You can use a physical planner for this, or consider downloading an app on your phone! Remember to set realistic expectations and prioritize tasks that are more important or have a specific deadline.
Plan Short Breaks
You would need to be a robot to be productive and work non-stop for eight hours straight. Your brain needs a break occasionally, so you can focus on the next task at hand.
Planning short breaks throughout the day can help recharge your battery to motivate you for the work ahead. Consider taking a five-minute break after a challenging task and scheduling longer breaks periodically to avoid burnout.
Take Advantage of Your iPhone’s Focus Mode
Recently, an interesting iOS 16 update introduced Apple users to an improvement in their focus mode function. With this feature, you can schedule a specific time throughout your day to place your smartphone in focus mode.
In other words, you can customize the time your phone goes into this mode to block calls, texts, and certain apps to minimize distractions.
Our electronic devices can be the biggest distractions of them all, but they don’t have to be with Apple’s customizable focus modes!
Organize Your Workstation at the Start of Your Day
Our brains function better when things are tidy. When clutter constantly invades your workstation, it can reduce your ability to remain focused.
Starting your day by organizing your space can put you in the right mindset to stay productive. Don’t let your brain be in disarray; tidying your workstation is effective in helping you stay focused at work.
Set Timers for Difficult Tasks
It’s easy to distract yourself when working on a difficult task to avoid stress. Setting timers can help eliminate this stress because it provides you with a bite-sized chunk of time to get the job done in less time.
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For example, if you’re writing a critical report for your business, set a 30-minute timer to ensure you’re dedicating time to completing this task with few distractions. Use these timers to help build your discipline.
No one has a perfect workday every day of the week. There will be times when it’s hard to remain focused. Practicing the above advice can help eliminate distractions, boost motivation and productivity, and provide you with structure.
What do you find is the most helpful when you need to stay focused at work?
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