Ways to Stay Focused at Work
It’s not always easy to stay focused at work. Your overall health, nutrition, sleep hygiene, and the body’s natural rhythms all influence how tough it is to stay on task.
Even when most of a day seems to breeze by, there are times even the most energetic people are likely to struggle. Some may call it the “4:30 feeling,” but it can strike any time.There are ways you can come to grips with your energy level during the workday.
It might take only a few minutes to make a significant difference in how you feel and perform.
- Take a Quick Walk
A brief walk can reinvigorate you in the middle of the day – and it has other benefits, too. It encourages you to stretch, helping you with posture issues that can be brought on by a long time sitting around. Plus, it lets you focus your eyes on something new, which protects against eyestrain. You don’t have to go far: Even just five minutes can make a huge difference.
- Do Some Deep Breathing
Breathing is one of the most important and fundamental functions we have. When we’re not focused on it, however, the body takes over – and bad breathing habits can sneak in. Take time for ten deep breaths and you might be amazed at how much better you feel. Deep breathing has protective effects against stress, which can make you feel more tired.
- Set a Timer
Let’s face it: certain work tasks are boring. Unfortunately, you usually have to get through them to get back to the part you like better. As a result, negative thoughts can rattle around in your mind and produce a sense of exhaustion. Set a timer and spend five minutes completely focused on starting the unpleasant work. This will help you break through that initial “wall.”
- Get Organized
When you are organized, you waste less time on lower-order tasks and deal with less stress – after all, everything you need is in the “right” place. When you feel tired, focus your attention on tidying up, filing, sorting, and putting things away for a few minutes. This shift in attention can help you get refreshed and set you up for greater productivity later on.
- Give Yourself Time for Rest
If you feel like you’re tired “all the time,” there is usually a reason. While we can’t always control how much work we have to do in any given day, we can make time for rest. Good sleep helps support all the body’s various functions and vital organs. It also makes it easier to regulate emotions, which can increase alertness and work productivity.
Having Consistent Problems with Focus? There May Be a Medical Cause
Most individuals have a great amount of control over their level of focus at work if they dedicate themselves to healthy habits every day.
It’s often difficult to get an accurate diagnosis of problems that impair concentration. Lifestyle issues like nutrition end up getting the blame when the root cause is actually found within the brain. Complete Neurological Care can help you find the facts. To learn more, contact us to book an appointment today.