The Many Ways on How to Stay Focused at Work
We all face a kind of battle at work every day - to stay fully focused the whole day. Why is staying focused so difficult? We are bombarded by delicious food options at our favourite food centres during lunch, having to expend energy at back-to-back meetings or working overtime to rush that campaigns or projects for the week. It is no wonder our energy levels can’t keep up with the demands of a whole day. On top of that, distractions are inevitable.
In this article, we set out to explore 8 ways to help you stay focused despite distractions and perform tip-top at work!
Take a shot: Boost your focus with an energy shot
For those looking for an extra boost of energy and focus during long work hours, energy shots and drinks are often a go-to option. They are however often loaded with much sugar and calories, the components needed to supposedly give you the boost. Try 5-hour ENERGY® shot instead. This energy shot is made with a unique blend of essential B-vitamins, amino acids and nutrients, all of which give you the much-needed instant mental focus and energy boost. Importantly, it contains zero sugar and only 4 calories. It's the perfect solution for busy professionals who need to stay on top of their game without feeling the crash that comes with other energy drinks. Plus, with its convenient size and portability, it's easy to take on the go or keep in the desk drawer for when the need arises anytime.
Move it move it: Get your body moving
When we have sat in front of our computer for extended periods of time, it can make us feel all sorts of discomforts physically and mentally: stiffness, sluggishness and inability to focus. That's where taking a break and doing some light exercise can do wonders for our overall health and well-being. Taking a quick walk around the office or just doing some simple stretches at your desk can help us clear our minds, improve our blood flow, and enhance our focus. Incorporating these simple physical activities into our daily routine can help us feel more energized and productive, allowing us to tackle our work with renewed focus.
Timing is everything: Use time wisely with the Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is a neat way to keep ourselves on track while working on tons of tasks. Basically, you work for 25 minutes and take a break for five minutes, and repeat. It's like a mini-challenge that helps you stay focused and productive. This technique can work wonders as it allows you to manage your time better and stay motivated for longer periods. It's easy to follow and helps break down work into small, achievable tasks, with constant breaks in between, thus preventing the feeling of being overwhelmed by seemingly mammoth tasks on hand.
Plan to succeed: Plan your goals before the day starts
As a professional, you know how busy and hectic workdays can be. The moment you step into office, you’re bombarded by dozens of emails, WhatsApp messages on things you need to get settled, company chat on the next meeting agendas, and the list goes on. Taking a few minutes to plan your day ahead can make all the difference. Before diving into work, it's incredibly helpful to create a to-do list and prioritise your tasks. This simple step can help you stay focused and avoid getting sidetracked by unimportant tasks. Plus, it's a great way to feel more organised and in control of your workday. So, take a deep breath and start planning your day like a pro!
Get distraction-free: Turn off those distracting chat notifications
Daily, our phones have become a constant source of distraction. It's easy to get sidetracked by notifications from social media, messaging apps, and emails, making it hard to focus on our work. We have the urge to check messages and reply to people’s requests immediately, however, it is not necessary at all. By turning off or scheduling notifications for later, we can stay focused and avoid getting pulled into a never-ending cycle of distractions. Instead, set aside specific times to check your messages and emails during designated break times, which can help you stay focused on the task on hand and do it well.
Watch what you eat: Cut sugar for a clearer mind
In Singapore, we are not short of amazing food options, but that also means our diet rich in sugar and carbohydrates can lead to crashes and feelings of fatigue after a meal, making it hard to stay focused. Think bubble tea, pastries and bread, chicken rice and more. They might give us a quick burst of energy, but the crashes that come after will derail your productivity at work too. A quick first step is to be aware when you crave such food the next time, and remind yourself not to indulge once or twice. Instead, you can go for healthier options such as fruits as a replacement. These foods not only provide sustained energy but also help us stay mentally sharp and focused throughout the day
Take 5: Take a mental break, massage your tired eyes
In today's fast-paced world, taking a moment to pause and recharge is counter-intuitive but can do wonders for our productivity and overall well-being. You can incorporate simple relaxation techniques like mindfulness, meditation, or eye exercises in front of your desks. Massaging the eyes with warm-rubbed palms can also help reduce eye strain and promote relaxation after staring for long hours at the computer. By taking the time to prioritise relaxation and self-care throughout the day, you can stay more focused throughout the day.
Drop the beats: Blast your favourite music while working
Music can be a great tool to help you stay focused and motivated during work hours, especially your favourite jams. Listening to music can help block out distractions around you and let you be more focused on the work at hand. However, it's important to choose music that doesn't cause further distraction or interfere with the work quality. So, put on your headphones and let the music help you power through your workday.
Start getting more focused at work today
To wrap things up, we encounter numerous obstacles when it comes to staying focused while at work. However, by incorporating these simple tips throughout your day, you can remain on task and productive even when dealing with a demanding workload. For those who need an extra burst of energy and mental sharpness, taking a 5-hour ENERGY® shot can be a great option