10 Tips to Increase Concentration at Work

Today, there is a high call for high productivity and efficiency in the work set-up. The competition now lies more on these two rather on the skills you have. No matter how skilled you are, if you cannot execute it properly, then it’s nothing. The most effective way of executing your skill is to focus on work. However, disturbances are inevitable and we have to be equipped so we can concentrate more.

Concentrate At Work

Here are some tips you can do to increase and maintain your concentration at work. Some are short-term and some are long-term. Long-term means you will need to do them day by day so you will maintain good focus at work at all times.

Relax Before you Work

It’s a fact that too much stress won’t do any good. Before starting any work, relax your mood first. Forget all tasks and free your mind for the meantime. What you can do is have a walk in the park, eat your favorite ice cream, watch a comedy film, or sleep. Relaxing is preparing your whole being so when you start working you can focus and feel recharged.

Condition your Self

Depending on the workload, conditioning one’s self is vital. You need to tell yourself what type of work, how difficult or how easy, and how much time will it take for you to finish. Conditioning is thinking what needs to be done and setting priorities in mind. If your mind knows all of these, then you can concentrate without leaving expectations unsettled.

Make a List of your Tasks

This will help you prioritize things. This will also help you decide what work needs to be done and what are to be left undone for the meantime. Position your list in front of you but not to a spot that will pull your attention to what you are currently working at. Making a list of your tasks will clear your mind from thinking if you forgot something hence, allowing you to concentrate to what you are currently doing.

Organize your Work Area

Cleaning and organizing your work area should be given. Though there are some who can concentrate more if their desks have clutters, most find it soothing if the work area is clean. Your attention is kept to your work and not to the clutters on the table. An organized area is also an organized mind.

Allocate a Specific Time to Do your Work

Just like any other work, scheduling it and sticking to the schedule will help you focus. If your tasks are disorganized and unscheduled, you won’t be able to concentrate because while doing one task, you are already thinking the next task and the tasks after that. It’ll be a carousel of thoughts disturbing your focus mind. If at the moment you open your eyes you already know what you will do at a given time, then you’re all set until the end of the day. This will give more accomplished works.

Listen to Classical Music

This is a tested and very effective approach in concentrating. At-least this works for me most of the time. Indian classical music or just the instrument playing in rhythm helps me a lot.

Whether you are studying, working, cleaning the house, and any other chores, listening to classical music frees up your mind. It creates a soothing impact to the brain, draining the disturbances, and enables you to concentrate.

Nourish your Mind, Body, and Soul

One of the preparations you must do to be able to concentrate is to provide nourishment. This is needed especially if your work demands very keen attention and is very prone to mistakes if not given proper focus.

Providing nourishment means taking your daily vitamins, exercising, eating the right kind of food, and praying. This good habit is a long term way to stay focus at work at all times.

Pause from Time to Time

If you are in the middle of a difficult situation and you feel your head is a bit aching already, pause for a while. An aching head is a signal that there might be too much information passing the brain which might be disorienting you. All that is too much is bad. Too much concentration will just lead to nowhere so learn to pause and rest for few minutes. Listen to a song, go to your window and enjoy the sight, then go back to work again.

Finish One Work at a Time

Have you tried multitasking? While it is a useful and effective way of finishing tasks, you need to know that it does not work at all times. Multitasking should only be done if the tasks are related to each other. Let’s say you are working as a financial analyst. Then you must avoid talking to someone when you’re in the middle of doing your graphs and charts.

Make a Checklist of Accomplishments

It is comforting to see if you have a long list of accomplished tasks. This give you more room for focus and lesser to no room for worries. Take time to create a checklist and update it each time you finish as task.

Readers, what you do specifically to increase your concentration at work. Doesn’t have to be about your job but even your day-to-day activities as well. How you ensure that when you are performing, you are performing at your best.

is a husband and working as a software professional for a Fortune 100 corporation in Florida. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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Comments

  1. says

    I didn’t know that there was such a thing as Indian classical music. Please point me to a couple albums, I’m curious!

    A couple other suggestions:
    Turn off the Internet: I work on a computer all day and am often tempted by the Internet. I turned on my firewall to limit Internet access to a couple brief windows of time each day and I’m way more productive. You can also do this by turning off wifi or unplugging your ethernet.
    Get good sleep: I am much more productive when I’m not tired. It took me a while to realize this, but wow, it makes a huge difference.

    • says

      I do the same. Little breaks help me refocus. I also try to take my lunch break whenever possible. During that time I read or go for a walk. I find it easier to concentrate when I’m relaxed and both of these are relaxing for me.

  2. says

    I’ve found that a brief bout of meditation (as little as 10 minutes) makes a HUGE difference in terms of my concentration levels and results when working. If what you do is very performance oriented then calming the mind and just letting go of everything for a while seems to make things much easier when you actually have a task to do.

    One thing to note is that it took weeks of meditating regularly to notice the differences. It’s not a quick thing but if you get into a routine you start to see small changes over time that end up making a huge impact.

  3. says

    I’m glad you put “Nourish Your Body” on your list. I have recently lost 10 pounds and have been exercising more regularly. This has had a tremendous effect on my energy levels throughout the day and has made it much easier to be productive at work. Thanks for the list, keep up the good work!

  4. says

    I totally agree with your list, uhm except for the choice in music hehe, I do felt the urge to mention that. I can concentrate on my tasks as long I enjoy what I’m hearing; alternative rock is my thing. Though I also like instrumental music, but that also still has to be rock; like Canon Rock by JerryC, Hanuman by Rodrigo y Gabriela, and what not. It’s not that difficult to accomplish bulky tasks, as long as you know how to concentrate and knowing your priorities. Less playing games too. ;)

  5. says

    I think the list of accomplishments is huge. If you skipped the steps on organizing your work space or being relaxed it can be really easy to get discouraged. The accomplishments give you something to look back at that ins’t your scratch to-do list or even the latest iteration of the to-do list. Plus I’m always looking for ways to up my momentum and I think that’s a great way to do it.

  6. says

    I always lost concentration in my work when I get so stressed out. I realize that I have to be organize with the things I do in order to concentrate and become productive.

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