3 Tips for Better Work Concentration

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Concentration requires time and effort, especially when trying to do your work.

Even if you have duties for only a few hours a day, or twice a month, the results will not be productive if your brain and body aren’t performing well.

There are a number of ways to improve your concentration at work for enhanced productivity. Here are three tips for better work concentration:

1. Cut-off the noise

It may seem like an obvious course of action, but more than a few people forget to cut off the noise. It could be tempting to have everything ringing around you, from email alerts to your phone to chatbot popups on your computer. After all, you don’t want to miss anything important, you say to yourself. But all these alerts can act as a distraction.

Trying to achieve productive concentration can take roughly 15 minutes. However, if you are getting distracted every 5 minutes, there is absolutely no way you will focus totally on your work.

A better approach?

• Read and reply to your emails at scheduled times,
• Request that people don’t interrupt you when you’re working, and
• Tell colleagues and others to call you at times you designate.

2. Set deadlines

Deadlines tend to have both advantages and disadvantages when trying to enhance concentration. A deadline makes it easier for you to set aside the non-essential aspects of your work and focus on one particular project. For instance, if you give yourself just an hour to finish a company logo, you will reduce the likelihood of producing too many extravagant designs.

Time limits only become a disadvantage when they cause anxiety and worry. But deadlines are recommended when:

• Time is limited: When you have only a day to complete a big project, breaking it down into specifics will help to strip away unnecessary elements.
• Losing sight of the bigger picture: If your task may lead you to an extreme number of variables, you can use a deadline to make sure you only do what is needed.
• To prevent procrastination: A tight deadline helps to prevent procrastination and perfectionism.

3. Stay healthy

It is true that whatever you put in your body has the potential to affect your concentration. For instance, if you show up for work under the influence of intoxicants, your ability to focus on your work will suffer.

Are you:

• Depriving yourself of sleep?
• Abusing drugs?
• Eating unhealthy foods?
• Not staying physically fit?

Any of these can definitely affect your focus and concentration.
Eliminate any unhealthy activities. Doing so will significantly increase your concentration and productivity.

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If you are looking for improved work concentration, try these three tips: cut out the noise in your work area, set project deadlines with time-based goals, and implement good habits for staying healthy.

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These are really great tips. I find that working in designated blocks of time is very productive, but sometimes life comes crashing in on us and this can be very frustrating.

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So true. Even our best-laid plans sometimes require revising...so I frequently revisit these tips to keep me moving.

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These are accurate and usedful pointers, thankyou!

Eythorphoto!

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