How do I concentrate on my work?

Day 139 - Work! by Phil and Pam Gradwell (to be)

Day 139 – Work! by Phil and Pam Gradwell (to be)

Whether you’re a college student or a working adult, it’s hard to stay focused sometimes, especially when you’ve got a lot long hours or a lot of work on your plate.

However, it’s important to be productive in the office, because that’s what you were hired to do! When you excel in your work, your superiors definitely notice and appreciate it.

Here are some tips to keep you focused when you’ve got work to do. Remember: the more productive you are, the more work you can finish in time!

Organize and prioritize your work

If you’ve got a bunch of assignments you need to complete, organize them in a way that prioritizes the most important of those assignments, by due date and importance. Set aside other assignments and try not to juggle multiple tasks at the same time, unless you’ve been asked to do so by your superior. Taking on too many assignments at one time can stress you out and drive you to find ways to relax–aka, lose concentration and focus on what you’re supposed to do.

Choose a comfortable (but not too comfortable!) spot to work in

When you get settled into work mode, choose a spot and position that would be comfortable for you to work in. The best spot is in a chair at a desk in a quiet room with minimal distractions. Sit up straight with your feet on the ground to maintain a good, working posture. If your assignment is to read material, feel free to sit a little more informally. However, do NOT under any circumstances lay down to read! You may get too comfortable and end up getting extremely distracted. Students who don’t have a desk opt to work on their bed, and find that it is actually too comfortable to do any work. If this is the case, head to the library–the formal setting will pressure you to work and stay focused, and also motivate you to work hard so that you can go home sooner.

Listen to your body

If you’re working hard and all of a sudden your stomach starts grumbling, don’t ignore it. Being hungry and choosing not to eat as a means to focus on your work will not help you concentrate on your tasks. Take a mini break and eat a snack, and then get straight back to work. If you’re feeling sleepy or tired when you’re working, get up and walk around the office, or take a short walk outside. Ignoring your fatigue will cause you to lose focus from work.