How to Keep Your Self on Task at Work
With simple tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance, you may find it a little easier to keep work out of your personal life. But when personal stressors are at the back of your mind, how do you keep yourself focused on your work? It can be difficult to balance out your responsibilities when most of your day is spent at work, but by practicing techniques to help you stay on task, you can be focused on meeting your daily career goals.
Keep yourself in check
You can’t always predict what hiccups you might encounter during the week, but you may find it easier to stay on top of your work goals if you’re writing them down first thing in the morning. If at any point you become distracted during the week, referring to your checklist can help you focus on what’s important and give yourself a mental check on what’s left to accomplish for the week. Keeping your list handy can be a reminder to stay on task, check off what you’ve completed, and know what’s still left to do.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed at work, try focusing on three daily tasks to accomplish according to what tasks carry the most weight. Keeping a to do list doesn’t just have to be for work purposes. When little things pop up that you need to do after work, create a separate notebook to jot down everything you’re thinking. Doing this will help you save a mental note, so you can focus on what’s going on at work.
Take advantage of your lunch break
According to Dr. Andrew Pipe, chief of the division of prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, taking advantage of your lunch break can be a gateway to relieving stress. Taking time away from your desk can improve your health by widening the variety of healthy lunch choices available to you and can even help prevent neck and back pain, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a common issue seen by those sitting 90% of the day. Dr. Pipe claims “Getting up, changing position, and moving at lunch counters the effects of enforced immobility, enhancing your comfort for the rest of the day.” Aside from health benefits, your lunch break can help you become more productive in the afternoon by allowing you time to destress, reset your mind, and give you time to take care of any personal duties before jumping back into the day.
Silence what’s around you
Depending on your work environment, it can be hard to focus on your work with the hustle and bustle of people moving and talking around you. If you’re looking to zero in on your daily tasks, try closing your door, or if you don’t have one, use some white noise, noise-canceling headphones, or light music. If you’re using your smartphone for this, turning your phone on “do not disturb” or “airplane mode” can also help minimize distractions.
Although you may find it hard to separate your personal life from work when you have limited time to do personal activities, integrating these tips into your daily routine can help prevent distractions at times when your focus is needed the most.