Maybe you too are finding it hard to seamlessly carry out an assignment without checking your Facebook or phone every fifteen minutes.
Distractions pop up at any place of work and, according to studies, companies lose 31 hours per week to attention-sucking activities. Having trouble concentrating on completing a task can become a daily-basis habit if you don’t know how to overcome it.
Staying focused, on the other hand, can significantly improve your professional life but also help you achieve your personal goals. So take a look at these four productivity hacks to effectively overcome work interruptions and stay focused on what really matters.
1. Plan your day around one main project.
That’s right. And don’t just settle for the day, plan your entire week around one main project and divide it into small bits so you can watch your progress as days go by. As for the work day, make a to-do list and prioritize the meaningful work for the beginning of the day.
Your brain’s peaks performance period starts two hours after you wake up and lasts until lunch time, so just by taking advantage of this fact you can insanely improve your projects performance.
2. Keep your working space organized.
Just try it and enjoy the great power of a tidy place on your brain. Clean off your desk and remove anything that can distract you from your work and isn’t relevant to the task. Keep just a few photos or mementos to help you relax a bit.
You will therefore have a clearer view over your task and come up with bright ideas.
3. Block the typical distractions for a better focus.
Your phone is buzzing. Your Instagram is humming. Emails are reaching your inbox. Sounds familiar? Studies show that it takes on average 23 minutes for someone to refocus on their original task after an interruption.
We all know that it is impossible to concentrate with too many incoming notifications. Put your phone away right when you start working on something and keep it there for the day. Block off some time to answer emails at the beginning and end of your day.
4. Take short breaks
Taking short breaks throughout the day is what sustains your focus. According to studies, you should take at least a 5-10 minute break for every hour of work, or a 3-5 minute break for every half hour of work.
This will boost your motivation to finish the task, give your eyes a break and will give you some time to transition your mind to the next task ahead.
We invite you to try these guaranteed techniques that keep you focused at work and suggest you to stick around for more up-coming know-how articles that enhance your productivity at the office.