Well as we start a new year most people are starting to evaluate the year that just past. Considerations of how they will adjust will start to be become the focus.Five tips to focus at work
When was the last time you were reading a draft and your phone buzzed? While writing your last email, were you distracted by an incoming email notification? How many times in the last week did a co-worker interrupt you mid-task? Be honest.
Office workers are interrupted (or self-interrupt) every three minutes, according to a recent study at the University of California. What is worse is it can take up to 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original task. No wonder it’s so hard to get work done. And while our ability to juggle work is necessary, multitasking is a weakness, not a strength. A 2009 study at Stanford University found that frequent multitaskers not only underperformed when compared to nonmultitaskers, they also used their brains less effectively when they focused on a single activity.
So how do we avoid all these evil attention seeking, unnecessary task and make sure we accomplish what we should be accomplishing on the day itself? Our minds are easily wavered and affected and it becomes extremely hard to realign your focus with goals at job task.
1. Work in small segments
It’s a scientific fact
that our brains can only be attentive on a limited amount of information for a limited amount of time. Making sure the appropriate information in mind is the one that lines up with our duties at work is where the difficulty is. To lighten the load on your brain, it is better to segment your work into small manageable pieces. The idea is you do not want to spend an entire day working on one task non-stop. Breaking it up allows your brain to ‘breathe’ and it will reward you later with effective work.
2. Take a minute to reward yourself
It’s not really a bad thing to visit sites like Facebook, Meebo, or Twitter to get your social updates, but this should never be done especially when your work is not complete. What I tend to do is create a set of tasks that I need to complete before I can visit any of those sites or leave my desk. I will work awhile, complete a task, then reward myself with some time catching up with a friend. This strategy relies on sheer perseverance and strong will. If you cant stick to goals that you set try another one of these methods.
3. Find the right Music
As for me there is no way that I can push through an entire work day of coding or designing without the appropriate music to keep me motivated. For me its either intense techno or alternative music that sustains me throughout the day. I can be wrong about this but I believe its important that whatever genre you decide to listen to, to make sure its music that can be easily filtered out while keeping the work ethic at full throttle.
4. Try to be interested and passionate about your work.
Finally the best way to be productive is to truly enjoy and be passionate about what your working on. We go to great lengths and hours of work for things that interest us. Yet we lose focus instantaneously if what we are doing is not important. It might take sometime finding interest in the work you do, you might have to just think about the big picture or maybe focus on impressing those around you (possibly a boss) to stay on track.
5. Keep a low profile.
Often times co-workers simply want to stop by your office and tell you about their day. While this is usually a nice chance to keep up with each others lives, it can happen at an time that is inappropriate. When work deadlines become pressing, it is a good practice to schedule time in your calendar that prevents bookings. During those times set your phone to do not disturb and close your office door. This will allow you to complete the tasks at hand.