How To Improve Your Concentration At Work
Your ability to focus on a single task determines your future the most. Chances are, you’re, probably looking for this article when you should be working.
Suppose you rely on cups of coffee too much at work and are easily distracted, eavesdropping on fellow colleagues. In that case, you, too, are lacking concentration at work.
How can you not distracted?
With the frequent swinging open of the door and the traffic of people passing by, it can get frustrating to focus on the task at hand. Especially if it is something you don’t fancy much either.
However, don’t lose heart. Concentration and focus are the cognitive abilities of the brain. Just like other habits and abilities, it can be trained and developed over time.
So, to make life at work more comfortable for you, here is how you can try to improve your concentration.
Make a Plan
The most important part of doing a task is planning it out. If you’re given an assignment, you need to gather the details and plan out your execution.
Prioritizing the important steps first, followed by the other minor changes.
By making a plan, you set accountability to yourself. As you get through each step, you won’t have to sit and think about what you’ll be doing next.
Easy transition at work is quite an effective way to stay focused at work.
According to certain studies, you are most likely to lose concentration during indecisiveness. When you plan, you make executing the next step even more manageable.
Although this is going to take some willpower at the beginning as planning is not easy either.
With time and when you get the hang of it, it really will improve your concentration.
Organize Your Desk
It is usually the small things that annoy us the most. At times it is spilled coffee on the desk that has hardened or clutter of stationary.
Studies show a significant improvement in the concentration times of people working in clean environments.
Although the overall cleanliness and friendliness of your workplace matters a lot, it begins from your desk.
The first thing you should do when you reach your desk in the morning is clean it up. Better yet, make cleaning your desk at the end of the day a ritual.
That way, you’ll have a clean place to come the next day. That alone is enough of a treat to set your mood right for the entire day.
With little to catch your eye and distract to, you’ll find it much easier to keep your head to work.
Watch What You Eat
You may expect your diet to have the least effect on your concentration. But surprise, it does!
Downing a heavy meal before focus-requiring work diverts your energy. You use quite a bit of your energy to break and digest the macronutrients from your meal.
As a result, you’re left depleted of energy and feel uneasy.
Having a healthy breakfast, not overdoing it, and treating yourself with timely snacks is a good way to keep your energy high during work.
Get Adequate Rest
Another very effective way of improving your overall concentration is by resting your body. What could be a better way to rest than to sleep?
Working late hours at work may sound like a bright career but, they can hold you down. If your work is affecting your sleep quality and duration—you may want to take a step back.
If you don’t sleep enough, you don’t allow your mind and body to fully recover from fatigue.
Going to bed a little earlier than your usual sleeping time will eventually give you enough rest.
If you’re a light sleeper or have trouble sleeping, having a pinch of green Ketapang kratom brewed with tea is an excellent remedy to adopt.
Only if you have a rested mind and a rested body, you’ll be able to fully concentrate at work.
Take Your Time-Outs
Breaks are as important from work as anything. You cannot expect your brain to work day in, day out, and round the calendar.
Whether it is a vacation every couple of months, mini tea breaks from your desk, or a drive to your nearest town over the weekends—your brain needs refreshment.
An ideal routine to follow for concentration is by working the 45-5 splits.
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Suppose you have an assignment that requires some serious brain juice. Working for 45 minutes and taking a 5 minutes break after is what this split is about.
After every sixth split, take a 15-30 minutes break.
These splits let you be the most productive by not overworking your brain too much.
Taking a 5 minutes break after every 45 minutes gives your mind a little window of distracting itself.
Do you have any tips on how to improve concentration at work?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.