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 not of much value. 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.
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Listen to Classical Music
This is a tested and very effective approach in concentrating. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.