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Five Things that Help Busy People Focus on Important Tasks in their Work Day

By David Lawrence |

One of the biggest challenges people face at work is focusing, especially when a lot of things are happening around them. There are plenty of distractions that end up eating up your precious time when you could be doing something important for your career, and in the end, these time wasters end up reducing your efficiency and productivity. If you are finding it difficult to focus, here are some of the five best ways to keep you focused during the workday.

Organise Your Work Station

Your brain is wired in such a way that it is easily influenced by what you can directly see. If your work station looks like a two-year-old kid's playground, then your mind is bound to be in the same state, and you will spend the entire day feeling lost and confused. You can try arranging the workstation for a few minutes when you get to work in the morning, and it will have a tremendous impact on the rest of the day.

Create an Hourly Plan and Prioritise the Important Things

Your mind will quickly get detached from one thing if you don’t have an order of priorities. Schedule what to do hourly and put it down somewhere you can easily see. The moment you try multitasking, your mind unchains itself from the order of flow and you end up doing accomplishing little. Proper planning will ensure that the things that require high energy levels will be accomplished in the morning.

Take Short Breaks

Sometimes, your brain gets tired and can’t refocus. But don’t have to continue struggling, all you need to do is take a break. Your mind is not customised to be attentive for long hours. Besides, sitting for too long while looking at your screen can lead to fatigue, lethargy and a headache.

Limit the Distractions

Try cutting out on the distractions you get during the day. If you’re trying to concentrate and your phone beeps, there’s some noise around you, or someone’s knocking your door, your mind drifts off. Try to figure out how you can cut out distractions, like keeping your phone on silent mode, closing your office door or even putting on your earbuds to reduce the noise.

Stop Procrastinating

The best way to quit procrastination is by fixing time frames for specific tasks. You can make it even more fun by rewarding yourself after accomplishing a task!

Keep in mind that your ability to concentrate is like a muscle, and the more you exercise, the better it gets. It is only by staying focused that you can get things done properly and be more productive.


David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.