Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
WORKPLACE / OCT. 17, 2014
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How to Improve Your Concentration

Many people occasionally experience loss of concentration at the workplace. Being unable to focus on a task can be very frustrating and is likely to result in poor performance. Here are some strategies which can help you improve your concentration at the workplace:

1. Sit comfortably

Your work environment will significantly affect your ability to concentrate. It is easier to stay focused in a comfortable working atmosphere. The first thing you need to do is ensure that you get a desk and chair that allows you to work comfortably. When sitting at your chair, your feet should be firmly on the ground and your back upright.

2. Eliminate distractions

Get rid of all the distractions that would hinder your effectiveness at work. This could mean shutting the door, switching off your phone or closing your chat program or email box. Other people find it easier to focus when some music is playing in the background. A ‘white noise’ such as the sound of falling rain or chirping birds can also help to enhance concentration.

3. Post pictures

Viewing photos on your desk can also enhance your focus at work. This could be images of landscapes, wildlife or even your family.  

4. Eat breakfast

It is not easy to concentrate on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is very important to eat a healthy breakfast before going to work. It would also be advisable to have healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, nuts, crackers and almond at your desk. This will help you maintain your concentration all through the day.

5. Drink water

Not drinking enough water can leave you feeling lethargic, irritable or even ill. To enhance your concentration at work, you need to stay hydrated. Preferably, you should take at least 8 glasses of water in a day

6. Take short breaks

Avoid sitting at your workstation for hours on end. Taking a break in between tasks can be very effective in enhancing your concentration. An occasional 5-10 minute break in the course of the day will allow your mind to rest before taking on the next task

7. Avoid worrying

Many people find it hard to stay focused at work since they are always worrying about something. This could be a family crisis, an approaching deadline for a task or a troublesome workmate. To avoid wasting time on worrying, take time to write your problems down. You should then allocate a specific time to address these issues

8. Prioritize

If you try to get too much done at the same time, you are likely to lose focus and end up achieving nothing much. Therefore, you need to take time to prioritize your work. This will allow you to focus on one task at a time.

9. Reward yourself

Having something to look forward to will make it easier for you to focus on your work. For instance, you could promise yourself a snack only after you have completed a specific task. This reward is likely to enhance your concentration.

Loss of concentration is a major cause of poor productivity at work. Applying the above mentioned tips will significantly improve your performance

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