Any given time of year has distractions, but the summer months make it especially difficult to keep your mind from straying to blue sky, green grass, and poolside lounging. Warmer weather is inviting us away from our work, and if we aren’t careful, a lack of focus can greatly hinder our work/life balance.
Keep work at work. One of the greatest bits of advice is to discipline yourself to keep work at work. If you let work bleed into your time at home, you’re more likely to never be fully focused at either place. While at work, don’t book your vacation travel and don’t browse photos of your friend’s recent trip to the beach. Aim for maximum productivity so that when you are at home, you can leave it all behind and enjoy doing whatever it is that helps you relax.
Practical Focus Techniques You Can Implement Today
Saying it is one thing, doing it is another. Here is a summary of practical focus techniques from LifeHacker:
Find fun in what you are doing at work.
Choose a great desk/chair combo. Be comfortable!
Organize your workspace. Cluttered desk = cluttered mind.
Make your computer distraction free. Only have your current projects on your desktop. And don’t have shortcuts to social media sites!
Have water and food nearby so you don’t have to get up frequently.
Make a to-do list and stick to it.
Prioritize your tasks and complete them accordingly.
Set up a personal work structure/flow and let others know about it.
Put in headphones (if you’re allowed).
Set your messaging systems to “away, busy, or invisible” for chunks of productive time. Mute your email notifications during these times also.
Stay away from social media during work hours!
Organize your emails.
Redesign your phone use. Every call or text doesn’t have to be answered immediately.
Choose suitable music. Instrumental is great!
Once you’ve mastered the art of truly focusing, you’ll be efficient, productive at work, leaving plenty of time to take that vacation you’re dreaming about!
Would you add anything to the list of practical ways to improve focus at work? Let us know by commenting below!