How To Stay Focused At Work

Staying focused at work can be a monumental challenge for many of us.

In today’s workplace, it’s even harder than ever – with so much information coming at us constantly, and easy access to the internet, staying focused on tasks can seem like asking the impossible.

Fortunately, there are ways to make things easier. Some of them are obvious, others less so. Either way, if you try and put the following suggestions into practice, you should find staying focused easier and be able to get more done.

Remove Distractions From Your Computer: If you have lots of games on your computer, or lots of photos and videos, get rid of them. This removes the temptation to “take a quick break” and entertain yourself for a few minutes – which often leads to hours! Another way to control distraction is to close the programs that you aren’t using for the task at hand. This reduces the likelihood that you’ll distract yourself with other tasks of less importance.

Make Lists: One simple way of staying focused is to start your day by making a list of things you have to do. This helps you to keep track of tasks and reminds you that spending too much time doing other things could result in you not finishing all the tasks on the list.

It’s also helpful to update the list as the day goes on. Cross off the tasks you’ve completed, and add new tasks which come up during the day. This can help you to keep on top of your work.

Keep Drinks At Your Workspace: One of the most common ways of distracting ourselves when we should be working is by going for a coffee or snack break. By keeping a bottle of water by your desk, or a flask of coffee, you can avoid the temptation to get up from the desk when you should really be working.

It’s also possible to use coffee and snack breaks to your advantage, though. After a long and productive session of work, moving away from your workspace for a few minutes to refresh helps you maintain focus on the rest of the tasks ahead.

Get A Good Desk And Chair: If you aren’t sitting comfortably, then the chances are you’re not going to be able to stay focused. Not only that, but your health could be at risk. Make sure you get a good chair and a desk at the right height for you. Your back should be straight, not slouched, while you sit at your desk.

Music: If you like listening to music while you work, make sure you pick the tunes that don’t get you over-excited. If you’re listening to music that just makes you want to get up and dance or sing along, then you’re not going to be able to stay focused very easily. Pick music that you enjoy having in the background. Save the rest for your free time!

Start The Working Day Right: When you get to your desk at the start of the working day, don’t make your first task checking the news on the internet, or looking for updates on your favorite blogs. Once you get in the mood for entertainment like that, it’s hard to return to a working mindset.

Your Checklist For Positive Thinking To Achieve Your Dreams

The end of the year is near and you should be thinking about what you want to accomplish in the coming year.
It is easy to let yourself feel down and negative if the past year has not went as well as you had hoped.

You may not have achieved the financial success you had hoped for,quit or lost a job, suffered medical problems, or may be involved in a floundering relationship. All of the aforementioned are understandable reasons to feel less than optimistic about the future.

You have a choice to lay down and just let the world pass you by or you can let the unfavorable events of the past year serve as stepping stones to help you move forward to achieve your dreams.

There is no doubt that finding the positive in life can be difficult when times are hard. Many of us have been there.

We all can benefit from having a checklist to help us stay focussed and remind us of why we are pursuing our goals in life.

The following checklist reveals 15 strategies to you should review everyday to help you maintain a positive attitude as you strive to achieve your dreams:

1. Eliminate negative thoughts from your mind.

2. Make a decision to achieve your goals.

3. Create a list of positive things that surround achieving your goals.

4. Make a plan to achieve your goal one step at a time.

5. Keep a blog or journal about how you feel and your progress.

6. Stop getting in your own way.

7. Expect setbacks and have a plan B.

8. See yourself achieving your goals.

9. Remind yourself, daily, of why you want to achieve your goals.

10. Believe in yourself and what you want to achieve.

11. Avoid people who bring you down.

12. Understand what makes you happy…reward yourself for small accomplishments.

13. Break each goal down into smaller goals, so that you can recognize success frequently.

14. Look back at where you have been and why you are trying to achieve your goals.

15. Use your journal or blog as a tool to help you look back when you are in a dip or reach a plateau.

It is easy to give up when times are hard and say to yourself “I hope things go better for me some day”. That someday may never come, so you have a choice to take action and approach every day and new year as a new opportunity to achieve your dreams.

Do you want to be remembered as someone who gave up or someone who went out with both guns blazing. The choice is yours.