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5 Ways to Help You Stay Focused and Productive!

Posted on 13/05/2013, 11:06

There are many things that impact how well you function, your productivity and the quality of your work. It doesn’t matter what your business plan or marketing strategy is, the one thing that will make or break your bottom line is your productivity and focus. Certain fundamentals have to be in place!

There are many things that you can do to help set yourself up for success. I’m going to share the five strategies I use most often to make sure that my focus and productivity is where I want it to be.

1. Volume

Noise can come from many sources. Phones ringing, radio playing in the background, people talking around you, windows open and outdoor noises coming in. I know that sometimes the noise can help you. Sometimes you may like music playing while you work, sometimes you may enjoy the odd chatter with people around you. For example, I like to sit in garden and write. However, it’s important to recognise when the noise is becoming a distraction.

2. Essential comforts

Fresh air, clean work space, comfortable enough clothing, a supportive chair, a cup of tea and NATURAL light. There is nothing worse than trying to focus your work when you’re thinking about your aching back. You need to be comfortable to be productive. I always have a cup tea or coffee (depending on my mood!) or a bottle of water to hand. I always have a window open as often as possible and I never, ever work in the dark!

3. Waking yourself up

I’m not just talking about a load of caffeine first! You should always make sure you get the amount of sleep you need. Also know how you function and when you function best and are naturally more alert. Then work on the most important things during those times of day (your biggest goals!) I’m a morning person. When I work late at night it’s always a million times harder and I always make mistakes.

4. Feeling good

I am not a nutritionist or an exercise guru but what I do know is that when I eat well and exercise regularly, I feel better. When I feel better I can focus on the work I am doing better and this has a direct impact on my results at work.

5. Check out your surroundings

This is about cleaning up your space and getting rid of the piles that have been living on your desk for months. If you have piles of stuff around you there’s no way you can be fully up to date with the work you are doing. However, there’s more to it than that. Ideally you want to work somewhere that makes you feel good, put up a picture, bring in fresh flowers or a plant, whatever it might be! The important thing is to give yourself a nice working environment you can focus in!

There is always something you can do to help minimise the distractions around you!

 

Mitchell Linnett

Event Manger | Pro-actions UK

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