Do you ever feel like you're not getting nearly as much work done as you could be? Or, worse yet, you're not getting as much work done as everyone else? Well, if this is the case, it may be because you have problems focusing. There are plenty of things that can distract you at work, especially when the internet is involved. Chances are, if you're reading this list you've already taken a trip down another rabbit hole of distractions, only to come out later wondering where the day went and trying to figure out what work you can still get done. Getting distracted is a completely natural thing that many people encounter. So here are some tips to help you manage distractions and have better focus while you work.
Have goals: Work can be overwhelming if there's no light at the end of the tunnel. Having clear goals set in mind gives you something to aim for and allows you to set a pace. If your goal is to get a project done by the end of the month, you can figure out how much you have to do per day to meet your deadline. Not having a goal results in work becoming repetitive and meaningless, which can lead to employees looking for stimulation elsewhere.
Set a timer: A good way to get into the habit of working at a steady pace is to set a timer. If you know that part of your job should only take an hour to complete, set a timer and see if you can beat it. If not, find out what you did to misuse your time and try again until you get to a good place.
Organize your day first: Some people are able to immediately dive into their work and handle new tasks as they come along. This isn't nearly as easy for some people. Others need to sit down and organize their day as soon as they get to their desks so they know what to do and when.
Remove computer distractions: Computers are amazing tools that have forever changed the world as we know it. But it also comes with its fair share of distractions. Luckily, there are now websites and applications that computer users can take advantage of that allows them to set a limit on the amount of time they can use on non-work related activities. Social media is a great thing, but it can lead to hours of distractions that get in the way of work. Also, setting email restrictions and filters could save you time that would be spent sorting through emails.
Bring food and water: The closer it gets to lunchtime, the more we seem to think about food. To help manage your hunger, bring some of your favorite snacks to work so that you can hold off until it's time to head out and eat whatever your heart desires.
Choose the right soundtrack: Sometimes the most distracting things at work can be the sounds around you. The constant clacking of keyboards or overheard conversations could be the perfect background noise for you – or it could be a constant distraction. Bringing a pair of headphones to work to drown out any ambient noise could help you focus. Whether you want to play your favorite albums, podcasts, film scores or even stand-up comedy specials. Just make sure that your background noise isn't more of a distraction than what you're trying to tune out.
Clean your workspace: It's often said that the space you live in reflects how you feel. While you may not be living at work, the same can be said for your workspace. If your workspace is cluttered, it not only can become an eyesore, but it gives you something to constantly distract yourself with in attempts to clean. Instead of putting it off as a project you slowly work on day by day, take the time to clean your workspace and get it over with. You may find that it also effects your mental state while you work.