Celebrations, graduations, weddings, reunions, & vacations, oh My! How do we keep our focus?
How do we keep our focus on our work and business in this sultry summer month full of celebrations and vacations?
Many of us struggle to keep focus on our work during the summer months, and our professional lives tend to take a back seat. Last week our office was gifted (burdened?) with an extra day off to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday, only to return to a frenzy of scattered co-workers and super stressed clients playing what seems to be a perpetual game of “catch up”.
Below you will find some tried, tested, and truly helpful techniques to stay focused on your business/ work during this summer and ways to efficiently manage that growing list of duties on your desk.
You Got to Plan it to Slam It.
- It is a must to pre-plan your day, set daily goals, and prioritize them. In the evening, not only is it helpful to set out your clothes, prepare your food, ect. for the work day ahead, it is also helpful to go over your calendar to ease your mind. This discipline produces better sleep at night resulting in a more productive and focused day ahead. Whether you have a planner you write in or prefer an electronic calendar, utilizing these tools will assist you to stay focused on your work.
- Schedule your Priorities- try not to just make a to-do list. When I used to write down my list of an average 20 tasks per day, I would often end up feeling more overwhelmed at the size of the list. I would even misplace the piece of paper I wrote the tasks on, probably out of some act of subconscious brain rebellion!
- When planning out your day, it is important to not just make a random to-do list, however to organize your tasks in levels of importance. It is better to have 3 complete and impactful tasks than to only complete half of 20 not-so effective tasks.
Rise & Shine Sunshine!
- I know, I know, this is a tough one for many of us night owls. However, getting in the habit of getting up even just 30 minutes earlier can make a world of difference. I mean, are you really going to miss that 30 minutes of sleep? Rising 30 minutes earlier will take off much pressure and stress at the start of your day. Think about what you could do in this 30 minutes; it could be exercise, you could pray/meditate/, eat a nice breakfast, or go over your schedule/goals for the day if you did not get the chance in the evening. All of these activities could greatly improve your focus and energy for the day.
Keep It Tidy.
- Some studies suggest that a cluttered desk can spark creativity. But for many like myself, a cluttered desk contributes to my cluttered mind. Take a few minutes everyday to tidy your work area to help with focus and to lesson stress.
Give It a Break!
- Take Breaks from your technology. Computer screens fatigue the eyes, and sitting all day is not good for your body. Take time to unclench your jaw, relax your shoulders, do some chair side twists, or even stand up and walk around when you are on a phone call. Even better if you can, go for a brief walk outside. I try to take 2 minutes at the end of each hour of work to stretch or stand up. These activities increase blood flow which in turn increases brain functioning, thought processing, and focus.
Don’t be just Great: Be Grateful:
- When we catch ourselves daydreaming about running out of the office streaking into the nearest swimming pool at 2:00 pm on a Tuesday, or we get snippy about missing that happy hour gathering with cold beers on the patio- that is a signal it is time to be grateful. Do you know the power of gratitude can turn our whole mood around, our whole day around, and even our whole life around? To be employed is something to be very grateful for- we get to enjoy steady income, we can help provide for our family, we have some stability and a sense of purpose, and most of all we are blessed with the chance to make a positive impact on others lives we touch through our work, no matter what industry we are in. This attitude of gratitude can help us tremendously to focus on our everyday work, our goals, and our overall work mission.
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The Team at ProRecruiters.