When it comes to arriving at work and being ready to put your best work forward consistently, a lot of people can admit that they have room for improvement. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes and tempt us throughout the day.
Staying focused when there are things pulling us away from our work can be a challenge. However, without training our minds to stay focused we can fall behind on our to-do’s, and potentially even lose our jobs. In order to maximize your day, and get the most amount of work done without wasting precious time, here are the best tips to stay on task.
Prioritize Your Tasks
It’s important that you have a clear understanding of where each of your tasks sits on the totem pole of importance. This can be applied to any line of work, whether you’re packaging sandwich meat or managing properties. Putting the most important tasks at the top of your list and working your way down will help you stay focused on what needs to get done.
Make sure that you check in frequently with how quickly you’re completing your list. If you find that things are going too slowly, you may want to consider some new approaches.
Don’t Talk To Anyone About Non-Work Related Topics
Although most humans are naturally social and enjoy chatting with their coworkers, this can often attribute to losing focus. Make sure that you avoid engaging in conversations which aren’t related to the job.
If you find that you are often having to avoid co-workers who try to engage socializing with you, you may want to consider wearing headphones if your position allows for it. Otherwise, if this isn’t an option you may want to politely ask that they let you focus.
Hide Your Phone
The biggest culprit of losing your focus on the job is your telephone. Whether candy crush just announced their latest update, your Amazon order was just delivered at your doorstep, or you got 5 likes on your latest selfie, your phone is a constant stream of information just begging to get picked up.
The best way to avoid this temptation is to remove it from your sight altogether. Out of sight, out of mind truly works. Put it in a drawer on mute and only take it out during breaks. If you need to be reachable by mobile throughout the day, get a separate phone for work-related calls.
Avoid Heavy Foods
Eating heavy foods throughout the day will start to make your energy drag. Instead of your energy being in your head, it goes to your stomach and digesting.
Instead, fill yourself full of wholesome foods which are naturally derived.