We all had at least one day when we just didn’t have our mind on the job tasks planned for that particular day. Many people who work experience moments when focus simply fails to be there. The good news is that it is absolutely normal to lack focus now and then.
Moreover, these breaks one’s brain takes are actually part of its normal functioning. It is quite a challenge to fully focus on just one thing for too long. However, frequent and persistent moments of no focus can be caused by a variety of factors ranging from not getting enough sleep to medications, poor nutrition, or even more serious diseases.
That’s why it is always best to see your doctor whenever you feel that what’s behind your lack of focus is something more than your personal life problems, a few sleepless nights, or chaotic eating habits. By doing so you will get diagnosed and receive the appropriate treatment if needed.
If, on the other hand, what you experience is the usual or common lack of focus and you’re worried that this affects your work performance, there are a few things you can do to reset your concentration and calibrate it toward successful results.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and thus distracted when what you have in front of you is a pile of tasks you need to carry out and do so preferably successfully. A long to-do list and strict deadlines yet only a few hours to take care of all that is the perfect recipe for unpleasant outcomes if you lack focus and time-management.
That’s why it is best to plan your day ahead and identify what’s of high priority. Thanks to today’s technology, there are all sorts of planners to help you declutter your agenda and keep track of your tasks and progress. Depending on your type of work, you can divide greater projects into smaller and thus easily achievable tasks.
Setting milestones will enable you to take one step at a time and enjoy small victories on your way to finishing the entire task. Keeping track of your progress and seeing that you’ve completed those tasks will further motivate you to go on with your project.
Get your tools ready before work
If you have focus-related problems and you find yourself at some point that you also don’t have what it takes to complete your task, you are more likely to get even more distracted. To minimize and avoid such issues, it is also recommended to organize your workspace before you start working and make sure you have everything ready for your work.
Keep the software you use up-to-date as well as the various office supplies you need within reach. Just like when you go fishing, you need the right light action spinning rod to help you with your catch. It’s the same when it comes to your work-related tasks. Have the right tools ready in order to avoid interruptions.
Keep distractions at bay
Whether you work from home or an office, getting interrupted is almost inevitable and when that happens you lose focus and may then have a hard time getting it back. You can minimize interruptions, though, and thus avoid the things that can mess with your focus.
In case you work from home, it is best to let everyone know about your work schedule and politely ask them not to disturb you during that interval unless there is something urgent. Social media tabs open? That might not be a really good idea. It is easy to get distracted when you see a new interesting post. You can save all that for later when you finish work or for your breaks.
Creating an isolating bubble by keeping such distractions at bay may actually help you a lot. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t communicate. Having a few words with a colleague may help you break down routine and even work as a stimulus for the rest of the task that needs to be done but we’ll tackle that more when it comes to breaks.
Try not to do several things simultaneously
Staying focused often comes down to working on a single task. It’s so easy to think of finishing your work and thus trying to do several things at a time just to get closer to the finish line and do so faster. Surprisingly or not, this approach will actually prolong the time you spend working.
When you work on several tasks simultaneously, there are great chances not to carry out those things properly since the attention you dedicate to each of them is diminished and you may easily overlook certain details.
Practice makes perfect; therefore, try to take care of one single task at a time and it will soon become a habit that will positively impact your work performance.
Take breaks regularly
Regular breaks are vital when you try to improve your work performance. Working continuously will eventually wear you out and you can only imagine the outcome. Everybody has a limit and when you feel like you’ve reached yours, it is best to stop and enjoy a break. Trying to be at peak productivity daily may easily lead to burnout and high stress levels.
Too much stress and your brain are not a good team. Knowing when to stop and taking that needed break gain paramount importance. The more stressed out you are, the less likely it is to perform well. Take regular breaks whenever you feel like doing so.
Trying to carry out your task despite your tiredness so you can add the check mark may indeed help you finish what needs to be done yet it may not bring you the results you’ve wanted as far as quality is concerned.
Plus, don’t forget about bigger breaks. Use the free days you have to do something new, unrelated to your work. Explore outdoors, learn something new, or simply give your mind and body a break from your work demands.
Spending your free time often thinking about your upcoming challenges might easily make you start your work week already tired. It’s great and inspired to plan ahead but don’t spend too much of your free time to take care of work-related things.