Its 2 o’clock on a sunny afternoon. You’re lunch is sitting comfortably in your stomach. You’ve just finished reading a Wikipedia article on an obscure actor from the TV series you were watching the night before. Your Facebook feed has been well and truly plundered of all the funny cat videos… and you cannot seem to keep alert and focused. A situation that many of you may resonate with; your brain has gone into autopilot and no matter what you do you can’t seem to focus on your work…
So we thought we’d take a look at some tips to help you get through the moment when your energy slumps and lack of focus
Keep a glass or bottle of water to hand
We can never say it too many times – keeping hydrated is essential for a healthy body and mind. Drinking those two litres of water a day can stave off headaches and keep you more focused (amongst many other benefits!) Making sure you always have a bottle or glass of water with you encourages you to keep hydrated! So keep sipping away..
Take ten minutes away from your desk or place of work. Make a hot drink (or go to the water cooler to top up your bottle of water), drop some files off in the filing room, or go for a walking meeting outside. The important thing is to get up and MOVE. Moving will help stimulate blood-flow, pushing blood through the brain, as well as letting your long-range vision refocus helping those tired eyes. The new smells, sounds and sights in and around your work environment will help to reactive the stimuli in your brain, making you feel more alert when your return to your workspace.
Clear your space, clear your mind
Sometimes we let the things around us get too cluttered! By taking just a few minutes to clean out that overflowing filing tray, or get all the broken pens out of your pen pot, or go through your desk draws and throw away that Pot Noodle that went out of date in 2016; by cleaning the area around you, it can help you feel more refreshed and alert.
Open plan offices can be challenging at the best of times! When staff start talking about your favourite TV show which had a thrilling conclusion at the end of the last episode, you want to join in the conversation, knocking you out of your workflow. Headphones can help you to focus (if permitted in your office), turning your mobile phone off and zoning out of the ongoing chatter in the room and choosing not to engage in it, will help you to concentrate on the task at hand.
Rid yourself of social media (at least whilst at work!)
A study by Mediaklix shows that an average person will spend 40 minutes a day on YouTube, 35 minutes on Facebook or Twitter, 25 minutes on Snapchat and 15 minutes on Instagram. Add all those up and the average person spends almost two hours a day using social media platforms! If you fall into that category, turning off your phone so you don’t get disturbed by notification alerts, or setting them as blocked on your browser during work time can vastly improve productivity, and help you from getting distracted.
Change it up
If you’ve been staring at the same set of numbers in the same report all day, you may well struggle to stay focused on that activity for an extended period. Sometimes it helps to change task, especially if it is something you feel more energised by. Spending those few minutes doing something different, clearing down some other work, can give you the motivation to head back to your main task.
References https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-ways-to-stay-focused-at-work.html https://www.scoro.com/blog/stay-focused-at-work/ https://www.adweek.com/digital/mediakix-time-spent-social-media-infographic/ https://blog.hubspot.com/sales/stay-focused-at-work-strategies