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Five Ways to Stay Focused at Work

One of the most challenging things about work is staying on-task. It's easy to get distracted by co-workers and gossip, or maybe you find yourself visiting the breakroom every five minutes to sample the goodies someone brought in that day. Here are five ways you can stay focused:

One of the most challenging things about work is staying on-task. It's easy to get distracted by co-workers and gossip, or maybe you find yourself visiting the breakroom every five minutes to sample the goodies someone brought in that day. Maybe you get distracted by Facebook or text messages from your friends. Whatever the distraction might be, it's important to stay focused at work so you can meet deadlines, make your boss happy, and be seen as a productive, reliable employee - especially in today's difficult job market. Here are five ways you can stay focused:

  1. Keep your desk clean. It can be hard to focus when your surroundings are awash in chaos. You should keep on top of filing so that your desk doesn't become stacked with paper. (Also, shredding the paper you don't need is a great idea.) Be sure to take your pop can or coffee mug back to the breakroom at the end of the day to keep your desk's surface clean. And perhaps once a week, maybe on Friday afternoon, do a clean sweep and put everything away. That way, your desk will be clean and ready for you on Monday morning.

  2. Keep water and a few snacks at your desk. If you're someone who likes to nibble through the day, keep a stash of snacks at your desk so you don't get tempted to hit the vending machine or take a Starbucks break. (This will help you save both money and time.) Make sure to choose healthy snacks. Some options include energy bars, bits of cheese, and carrot sticks. Also, keep bottle of water handy so you can stay hydrated and avoid trips to the water cooler.

  3. Set time aside for e-mail. E-mail is great for communicating but it can really add up fast. You should set aside a designated amount of time for e-mail. During that time, answer the really important messages but leave the other ones for later. If you're not careful, you could end up spending all day answering e-mails and get nothing else done.

  4. Listen to music. If listening to music helps you concentrate, you may want to take your MP3 player to work with you. Experiment with the different types of music on your player to see which one helps you concentrate the most. (Some genres like hard rock may actually help you concentrate. If you gravitate to heavier music, make sure to keep the volume relatively low so you don't disturb your co-workers.) Also, depending on your mood, you could just stick the earphones in and not turn music on just to muffle the sounds around you. This is helpful if you work in a noisy environment.

  5. Save Facebook, blogs, and so on for your breaks. The Internet is vast and fascinatingFeature Articles, but it can also eat up a lot of time that could be spent doing something more productive. Save the surfing for your breaks or after work so you don't get sidetrack by celebrity gossip or FarmVille when you have a report due at the end of the day.

There are lots of ways to stay focused at work. These are five of the easiest so you can get start with them right away. Give them a try so you can enjoy more productive workdays. Good luck!


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