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How To Stay Focused At Work : 7 Efficient Tips To Get You On Track
How do your colleagues stay focused at work? Seems like they can get a lot more done in a day than you can. Why, you wonder?
Sometimes, without you noticing you have a lot of time wasting habits that takes your focus off work. You may unknowingly tend to stray and end up doing less. So, how do you keep your focus at work?
1. Time Management At Work
How is your time management at work? I do not mean only the to-do list and action steps. Those are must haves. You can have them and yet still not stay focused at work. One of the main reasons is because you get distracted by your personal things. By this, I mean personal emails, facebooking, twittering and web surfing. To make it worse are temptations of web links sent by friends which are not related to work. What about short messages (SMS), instant messaging and personal calls? How do you expect to stay focused when there are so many distractions?
Shut these down and see how your focus immediately gets better. If you need to, allocate a time of the day to indulge in these.
2. Get The Small Tasks Out Of The Way
Small little tasks that you think you can put off and come back to later? Time has an uncanny way of catching up. There will always be fire to put out. Big or small, these will steal time away from you being able to complete the small tasks. For example, if someone pops in an email to ask for an answer which you have immediately, just reply it and get it out of the way.
3. Take Short Breaks
Before you jump in and say, "OK, I will start sitting and focus on my work" in some militaristic discipline way, bear in mind - you need breaks. So take short breaks, not long breaks. I personally like a 10 minutes break for every 50 minutes that I work. The breaks allows you to stretch a little and refresh your mind hence allowing you to stay focused better.
4. Start Early
A lot of people swear by this and I am beginning