November 08 2019 – Alexa Van Sickle
6 Ways to Staying Focused
Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and your mind keeps drifting to pumpkin spiced lattes. Your to do list keeps growing and your productivity levels are draining. Worry not, we’ve got your back with 6 ways to stay focused this fall season.
ESTABLISH A TO-DO LIST
To-do lists can not only help you prioritize your tasks, but it can also help you keep a record of all the things you still need to work on. Keeping this record can help you stay focused on the upcoming task. Plus, the feeling of crossing something off that list is just great!
DO THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS FIRST
Our minds are the sharpest in the morning, we are fresh and have the most energy. That’s the best time to tackle your hardest task. Once this is done, you can relax a little and focus on more routine tasks that don’t require as much of a mental strain.
BREAK TASKS UP INTO SMALLER TASKS
Thinking of a big project as one single task can be overwhelming. Break it up into smaller, more achievable tasks. You’ll be able to track your progress easily, which will keep you motivated to continue.
USE A SECOND MONITOR
Using a second monitor can save you 4+ hours per day. It allows you to keep reference material handy without wasting time switching back and forth between tabs. According to research done at the University of Utah, all that clicking back and forth adds up. Add SideTrak to your laptop and increase your productivity and efficiency. Think about what you could do with all that extra time!
Turn off your phone ringer, put it face down, and put your headphones in. Reducing distractions will help you keep your focus on the task at hand.
Getting started is the hard part, so bargain with yourself a little to trick yourself into getting it done. Reward yourself every time you achieve a goal by doing something you like, such as talking with someone, playing a game, or taking a walk outdoors.
Staying focused can sometimes be difficult, but you can set yourself up to avoid distractions and be efficient and productive. Work faster by focusing your energy on the task at hand and use all that extra time to shop and prepare for the holidays!