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We can all admit it. The last six months have left us flustered and, in many cases, unfocused. Even those of us who had trouble before the pandemic are having even more difficulty getting on track. There are simple techniques you can try, other than sitting yourself in an empty room and hope your work gets done, that can boost your focus and help you stay more productive longer – whether you’re attempting a new project or trying to get your job done from home.
Play some music to keep your mind active – but not your favourite jams.
Music is an excellent way of keeping you focused, but when you’re playing your favourite songs, you could be more distracted by the lyrics and the memories that you don’t actually get anything done. This is even more so when you’re using headphones. Find a playlist that provides you with a mood boost without distractions.
You can even make a contest with yourself to write a certain amount of words in every song or for every five songs you stay productive, you can get up and jam it to your favourite track. (Cherry by Warrant is a classic favourite that will kick your mood into Happy Town).
Get the most important tasks done first.
Often you can feel distracted or unfocused because of the level of work you have to each day. So much so that the amount of work you could be doing isn’t getting done. Set a schedule that lets you get at least one important task done first each day. Not only will this ensure the big stuff is out of the way, but it leaves you feeling accomplished, which will motivate you to get more done.
Be sure to schedule some breaks too. You may feel that as soon as you give yourself a break, you’ll get distracted and won’t get that mojo back, but in reality, you’re more likely to get more work done over time by allowing your mind to relax. Staying on the same task for extended periods can actually wear out your brain and slow your productivity and focus down.
If what you’re focusing on is hard and dull work, then getting work done in short spurts and rewarding yourself in some way each time will get more done each day. You’ll actually be surprised how quickly your work gets done when you put some kind of effort, regardless of how small, into what you’re doing.
Interested in learning more about how you can keep your office productive when you’re surrounded by distractions? Check out the rest of our blog or reach out for a conversation with a member of our team today.
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