You can find flow at work. Flow is the effortless ability to concentrate on and enjoy a task. You can achieve flow by taking challenges that are manageable but meaningful. If you have a job you love and can maintain a reasonable workload, you can easily achieve flow. However, that’s not always possible.
Here are some tips that can help you stay focused on your work, make the most of your day, and achieve flow, no matter what type of workload you have.
Why do you lose focus at work? Are you fatigued? Hungry? Or, maybe you have a Twitter addiction? If you figure out the problem, then you’ll be able to take the steps needed to fix it.
You should envision what your work day will look like before your day starts. Write down what you’ll need to get done and which tasks you want accomplished before the end of the day. Goal setting can help you stay on track and maintain your focus.
Eat a Good Breakfast
If you want to jump start your metabolism, have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfast have better concentration and attention during the day. That’s why experts say you should eat something in the morning.
Scientists have found that meditation may enhance some brain functions including those linked to attention. Why not try shutting everything off and taking a few minutes to meditate, especially if it can help you get more done during your work day.
Do Your Work Offline
A survey showed that nearly 60% of the disruptions a person experiences throughout their work day come from cell phones, social networks, and emails. Luckily there are some tasks that don’t require an Internet connection. Why not use old-fashioned pen and paper for activities like brainstorming. Switch your phone to silent and check your email less frequently, once an hour should be enough. You should also limit the time you spend on social media. You can “like” your friend’s dog pictures later.
Do Small Tasks
Psychologists suggest that the human brain works much too hard to be able to process large amounts of information. If you work on one large project it can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why it’s difficult to plan a large work event in an afternoon. Split your projects up into small individual tasks. These tasks will be much easier to accomplish.
Rather than working on a project to completion, work on a project for only a specific amount of time. So, instead of answering emails until your reach inbox zero, only write emails until 3 p.m. each day. This way you know that you can work hard at a particular task and at a certain time you can take a break.
You might become distracted by family photos, Post-Its, or even pretzels. Before you work, clear off your workspace. The only thing that should be in your work zone are the things that you need to do your work, like your laptop, notebook, and water bottle.
Try Different Apps
You can discard distractions with some help from technology. There are apps that can block websites and black out your computer screen’s background so you can only view the program you’re working with. You can also find web tools that can calculate the amount of time you spend on websites, like Pinterest. Now, that app could be scary.
Give Yourself a Reward
Why not reward yourself with a cookie after you finish writing that page. A little motivate goes a long way. If you give yourself a reward for accomplishing certain tasks, you’ll see your to-do list vanishing quickly.
Take Small Breaks
You won’t necessarily get more done if you get to the office early, work through your lunch, ignore your breaks, and stay late. If you get the hard work done in short bursts and take quick breaks, you may find it more beneficial than spending long hours at work. It’s better to take a breather. It can keep your mind from burning out.
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At Greatist, we have a “headphone rule.” No one is allowed to talk to a person who’s wearing their ear gear. This is a way to show everyone that you’re working on something important and can’t chat. Sometimes you may not even have music playing.
Tea or coffee can make you feel more alert and better able to concentrate. If you don’t like iced coffee or tea, then try chewing gum, which is also able to increase your alertness.