It is one thing when you are having an off day and you can’t concentrate on your work. But it’s another thing if it is happening almost always. Like, you really just can’t get your mind to focus on your work. Perhaps you had a fight with someone, or you are ill. But eventually you are gonna run out of excuses and will have to accept that you simply can’t concentrate during your office hours.
If you think that you are among those people, there is nothing to be ashamed of. You just need to focus on how to get rid of this problem because if left unchecked, you are going to suffer a lot in future not only in your professional life but it will also affect your personal one too. So here are some tips that you can use to increase concentration towards work
- Avoid cellphones:
While acknowledging the fact that cellphones are vital these days, it must also be admitted that most of the time spent on cellphones is a total waste. We can’t resist checking up on Facebook and looking at memes can we? Well we shouldn’t, at least not during our work hours. We may try to pretend it is only for a few minutes, but these distractions go a long way in keeping us away from our priorities. Just force yourself to pick up the phone only when it is absolutely necessary.
- Plan your day:
No matter how dedicated you are to your job, if things are going haphazardly then it will definitely be a mood kill for you. And no one would blame you. If you don’t have a clearly defined schedule, you would very probably be demotivated to work. What you need to think about is writing down your goals and objectives and make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound). SMART goals are designed in such a way that they can be accomplished effectively. Try to be done with the hardest tasks of the day by lunch when your concentration is at the maximum level.
- Take a break:
If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro technique, then you haven’t really considered time management skills. Basically, you should spend 25 minutes at work and then take a 5 minute break. Extend this to 15mins after every 2-hour work cycle. This will prevent your brain from getting burned out. Also, try to spend your rest periods in a positive way like taking a walk or taking 10 deep breaths. It will definitely work.
- Break it down:
Do you feel overwhelmed when you are at your office? Is it because you are trying to take down all your tasks at once? Or perhaps you were procrastinating and then the deadline appeared out of nowhere? Whatever the reason is, everyone knows that it is neither easy nor healthy to do everything at once. Why not do it step by step? If you have to write something by the end of the week, then do it gradually so it doesn’t pile up in the end.
- A quiet place:
While it may appear to be obvious, the reality is you may not always get a quiet environment to work in. ideally you would have your own office but generally you would be working in cubicles. And even if you don’t have your own office, there are ways to minimize the distractions in your cubicle too.
In case you have to share your space with another employee, try to make it so with someone who does more computer work instead of phone work? Ask him to conduct his meetings in other, more open spaces.
- Declutter your work space:
A neat clean environment can work wonders. It definitely improves your focus and organization skills and also makes it convenient for you to work overall. However you need to be aware of a trap many fall into. Do you feel the urge to clean your desk when you are given an assignment? Or in simpler words, do you feel like cleaning your desk is suddenly very important only when the deadlines are approaching? If so, then take care.
- Take notes:
Taking notes always helps. Whether you are in a meeting, jotting down minutes or if you are on an important phone call, writing down the important points is guaranteed to help you. You don’t have to worry about forgetting stuff if you have already written them down. Not only will it help you in sorting your work easily but it will also give a good impression of you on others that you are being efficient and effective.
- Know when to stop:
Don’t burn yourself out. There is a time and place for everything. When you are at work, try to devote yourself fully. But when it is time to go home, then be at home. If you are always trying to be over-efficient, you are only going to frustrate yourself out. Whatever tasks are left remaining at the end of the day, simply mark them down for the next day. And once you are at home, there is no need to worry about them because you really can’t do anything about it.