With all the distractions that the internet provides, sometimes it’s a struggle just to stay focused on the task at hand. With social media, gossip websites and online shopping, some people find themselves spending the majority of the day not getting any work done. The truth is no one’s completely attentive to their work 100 percent of the time. I think it’s safe to say we can all use some guidance when it comes to avoiding interruptions in the office. If you regularly lose focus at work, here are some things you can do to avoid temptation and stay on task:
1.) Get in the Zone-Surprisingly, music doesn’t contribute to us being distracted at work, it actually does the complete opposite, so go ahead and crank up your favorite tunes (just not TOO loud). Some sites that’ll allow you to get a good flow with awesome music streams are Spotify, SoundCloud, and Incredibox.
2.) Remove the Clutter-Today, there are multiple tools available that will help you become a lot more organized and efficient with your online tasks. The first tool, Blossom, is a web app that helps you keep track of your development and personal goal tracking. The second tool is called MindMeister this is an amazing tool that helps you to brainstorm your most important tasks and capture them as mind maps. The last tool, Kippt, is a brand new approach to keeping your bookmarks. This tool lets you save links, read articles, watch videos and share notes as a public streams and engage in an amazing feed of content.
3.) Put Your Health First- Now, you may be wondering how this will help you work more efficiently online, but it actually makes a huge difference. Getting at least eight hours of sleep a night is vital to your productivity. Lack of sleep makes you tired, irritable, and erodes your lack of focus. Also, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Even being a little dehydrated can make you sluggish and more susceptible to distractions.
4.) Read for Motivation-Inspire yourself to be more productive by reading articles. They’ll help kick your productivity up a gear and stay on task when your feeling distracted. The first article is written by the master of productivity, Leo Babauta of ZenHabits. How To Be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling is not just about getting more done, it’s about developing a happier self. The second article, The 10 Laws of Productivity, provides some very valuable lessons, as well as, how you align your productivity with your day. The last article, Why Boredom is Good for Your Creativity, is an interesting post about where creativity comes from.
5.) Reflect & Prepare-At the end of every work day, take time to reflect on your work and think about what you want to focus on tomorrow. Make a short list of your priorities and goals for the next day, then review the list when you come in. Once you start doing this, you’ll also be able to look at your priority list at the end of the day and see what you did/didn’t accomplish. Use this list to keep you motivated throughout your work day.