Improving your concentration levels at work will pay dividends and can really help you work more productively and also makes the process a more joyous and enjoyable one. Here are some good tips.
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Stop the Noise
It may seem obvious that distractions won’t help you concentrate. However, it’s likely that you are not cutting out all of the distractions that are keeping you from completing your tasks. Many people are tempted to turn on their email alerts, open their IM or answer every request received. If you do, you’re only preventing yourself from concentrating on the task at hand.
In order to attain a state of total concentration, you need at least 15 distraction-free minutes. If you have distractions that pop up every 5 minutes, then there is no way you can focus on your work tasks? Schedule a time to answer emails. Ask people to not interrupt you when you’re working on a project. Schedule your work tasks for a time when you will not be required to answer calls or respond to drop-in visitors.
Structure Your Work Environment
Your workspace can have an impact on your concentration. Try to locate your work area away from potential sources of distraction. However, you should try to face some sources of distraction such as phones, windows, and doors, so that you can assess sounds at a glance before they can break your concentration.
You are what you eat and also what you drink. Living a healthy lifestyle and consuming foods that aid concentration can make a notable difference to how you feel at work. There are numerous foods that can do this as well as supplements, whether you work for someone or are an entrepreneur.
Clarify Your Objectives
Before you start a project or task, you should know what your goals are. If you don’t know what your end results are, it can be difficult to focus on the steps needed to complete the task. For example, before you write an article, you need to know the article’s focus and have a brief mental image of the article’s structure. If you don’t have a clear objective you may not be satisfied with the results of your work, and end up having to do it all again.
Break It Up
Some projects don’t have a clear start or end point and end up being a big blob of tasks. Working on these tasks can break your focus because you don’t have a clear path to getting the job completed. For some projects, the sequence of tasks is clear, for others it may not be obvious, which can make it difficult to focus. Plan the end result first, then break the big blob of tasks into smaller tasks, which you can organize into groups. Now, you can put these tasks in an order that will help you complete the steps needed to finish the project.
Know the Rules
Before you start a task or project, know the guidelines that govern its completion. What is the level of quality needed? Are their certain standards you must follow? What are the constraints? For example, if you’re writing a program, you need to know how much commenting is needed, what functions are required and how much flexibility is needed. If you’re writing an article you need to know the style and length. If there are no clear rules, you may lose focus as you ponder them later.