How to Stay Focused at Work, in a World of Distraction

These days, staying focused is a real struggle – the constant stream of emails, phone calls, texts and social media notifications can easily break us from our important tasks.

To manage this, we first need to understand that no matter how clever we are our, brain have its limits. Brain of the modern human must process enormous amount of information. The fun fact is that The New York Times on Sunday contains more information than the average 18th century Englishman learned in his lifetime.

The culture of fast-paced workplaces has promoted multitasking but the newest research shows that it is not the best way of working for our mental hygiene. The downside of multitasking is that it really may reduce our IQ – we often make mistakes, and become less focused. As a result, we need more time to complete our tasks.

Unfortunately, our brain loves distractions. Multitasking is emotionally demanding and our brain needs a reward. Distractions taste like reward, because they let us to stop working on challenging tasks. But jumping from task to task, or from your work to online shopping, may be even more frustrating and exhausting.

As we all know the perks of being focused, in simple words, help to increase productivity and get your things done earlier, it is good to find a way to concentrate.

It may sound funny, but you can exercise your ability to concentrate just like you can a muscle in your body. Here are some tips for increasing your attention!

Don’t start your day with browsing social media or checking news or doing such things. Do the most important tasks even before you’ll turn on the Internet. We have a limited amount of attention to use each day, and if you work a fixed hours environment, you don’t have the flexibility, you should focus on challenging tasks in the morning, later you will be more tired and your concentration will drop.

Practice concentration by turning off all distractors and committing your attention to one single task. Install application that block adverts – you won’t be tempted to browse holiday destinations while writing an article. There are also applications that may block social media notifications – they are very helpful, especially when you are observing FOMO symptoms.

If you know that you won’t be able to quit your bad habits make a very timely schedule. Divide your hour, for 45 minutes work and 15 minutes relax.  The problem with modern way of life is that we often use the same device, laptop or phone, for work and for leisure. So it is good to make a list of thigs that are important for your work on and that maybe little of fun in your workday. You can also install an application that will track your time and show what took you the biggest amount of time. If you point your two worst habits and eliminate them, you will work more efficiently.

Try to clear up your mind. Buddhist call it medication, but thinking of nothing for a certain time may be beneficial regardless of any philosophy. Just relax, close your eyes or look far behind your window. Apart of just not thinking about nothing, it would be as good to stand up from your desk and do a little exercise – go make a few steps around the office, go to kitchen and chat with someone. This is what we call a healthy distractor.

Don’t multiply the chaos that surrounds you. Think it over, whether you really need to be subscribing to so many newsletters or have so many social media accounts. Remember, that everything in the Internet may be used as a tool – it may be useful but also it can cause you harm.

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By |2018-08-24T13:04:55+00:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|0 Comments

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Monika joined PeopleScout in May 2016 as a Junior Sourcer. Currently she supports recruitment processes for the banking industry.

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