August 7, 2018
5 Things To Help You Stay Focused At Work
With social media, chatty co-workers and Friday happy hour calling your name, it’s not hard to become distracted at work. But letting these interruptions get the best of you isn’t good for anyone, especially you. Here are 5 simple things you can do to stay focused from 9-5!
I live and breathe by my Day Designer. I write down all the tasks I need (and want) to get done that day on one side, and schedule everything out based on priorities on the other. Then I’ll go through and highlight the tasks once they’re completed. It really helps to see everything written down in one place!
While I’m all about getting in “the zone,” it’s important to take small breaks throughout the day. This can be as simple as walking around the building! Not only does it give you a chance to stretch your legs, but it gives your eyes a break, allows you to mentally reset and it’s a great excuse to indulge in a chai from that coffee shop around the corner.
With your phone pinging and vibrating every 5 seconds, it’s hard to focus on the task at hand (let’s be honest, any task). If you can’t go all day without checking Instagram, try scheduling a social media break in the middle of the day (around these parts you can likely find Allyson doing this around 3pm). It can be a little reward!
I like to set little incentives to keep myself motivated throughout the day. After I finish a more substantial task, I’ll get a slice of cake from Starry Night Cafe (my favorite afternoon snack) or read a fun beauty story. If I have something to look forward to, it helps me hone in on what I’m doing and get it done more efficiently, so I hav a reason to celebrate it when I’m done.
There’s no better way to start the day with an intention. It doesn’t matter if it’s for 2 minutes or an hour (we’re looking at you, Shannon). Whatever works for you is good enough! Take the time to think about what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to interact with others and just decompress.
Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Junior Publicist and athleisure enthusiast. You can find her sporting Outdoor Voices at barre class, hiking the trail and on her couch all weekend long. #DoingThings
Photo courtesy of Cassie Rosch, Photographer