There will always be distractions around you, so rather than trying to get rid of them, try learning to work around them. It will save you time and energy that you can dedicate to your to do list. Here are a few tips to help you:
Be accountable for yourself. If you notice that you really can’t focus and you’re all over the place, take a deeper look. Is there something bigger going on? Is it your surroundings or a coworker? Once you have determined the culprit, you will find yourself being much more focused and productive.
Prepare. When you get a new task, take a few minutes to think about the best way to accomplish it. Write down all the necessary steps and a possible time line. Break down large tasks into smaller ones, it will allow you better concentration as well as a great sense of accomplishment. Give yourself a deadline. Work solidly for an hour and then take a break. Once you have everything planned out, the follow through will take less time.
Break time. Taking a break is a very important part of your routine. If you notice yourself getting distracted, do not waste time trying to work it out. Take a break and use the time to refocus. Going for a short walk around the office or outside will clear your head and make your thought process clearer.
Listen to music. When I am on a mission, trying to accomplish as much as I can, I listen to classic rock (AC-DC really gets you pumped up). It doesn’t distract me however the beat keeps me going. If you put headphones in, it lets your coworkers know that you aren’t available to chat and you need some time to yourself.
Sometimes getting up earlier (If you can wake up an hour earlier) can really help you organize your time and day as well as provide a time for you to work without distractions. Rather than sitting at your desk at lunch, get up and walk around- clear your head.
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