Many people have difficulty focusing and getting work done. This is especially difficult if you’re easily distracted or have frequent interruptions that disrupt your workflow.
Here are some of my tried and true steps you can use to improve your concentration and performance.
1. Keep regular “office hours.” Whether you work full time or part-time, at home, in the office, or a hybrid, it helps to designate regular work hours when you’re “in the office.” This helps set up a schedule you, your family, and your coworkers can come to expect. The regular routine also can help you shift into work mode more easily.
2. Move your body. Studies show that regular movement can improve concentration and performance. It’s important to break out of the sedentary work style and find ways to incorporate more movement into your workday. For many, that looks like using a Swopper motion chair. The fun, three-dimensional movement means you hardly ever sit still. That increased movement results in improved circulation, deeper breathing, and better concentration.
3. Set up an ergonomic workspace. Make sure your desk is set up to meet all your needs. Consider a height-adjustable desk, a chair mat with ergonomic easy glide movement to reduce leg fatigue, an anti-fatigue mat for when you’re standing and a desk lamp with ClearSun® LED technology to reduce eyestrain.
4. Eliminate distractions. Whether it’s your coworkers, kids, tv or your phone, it’s important to reduce the distractions in your life while you’re working. For many, this looks like creating a quiet office space away from the bustle of others. Sometimes it can be as simple as putting your phone on silent.
5. Take regular breaks. When work is piling up, it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly working. But nonstop work can lead to burn out and damper your overall productivity. If you find yourself constantly being pulled back to work, you may need to work on setting boundaries (this is where having regular hours helps). Remember you are a person too and need your downtime. With regular breaks, you’ll come back to the work refreshed and ready to get more done.
When you can manage your time, set yourself up for success and give yourself an optimal ergonomic space, you may find you’re more motivated to buckle down and get your work done.