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10 Ways To Focus On Productivity At Work

As an employee, it’s often challenging to focus on one task at a time when there’s a constant flow of emails entering your inbox along with phone calls, people asking you questions etc.  Here are 10 ways to focus on productivity at work, from which I have excerpted three of my favourite.  They are written by Daniel Bortz for USNews.com and I highly recommend a read.

10 Ways To Focus On Productivity At Work

Set long-term goals. “Too many people get caught up in the day-to-day things that need to be done—the recent email that came in, the phone call that just came in—and then they really don’t get anything done that’s significant because they’re just fighting fires,” Wendleton says. Develop two big-picture things that you want to accomplish throughout the year and post them next to your computer as a reminder.

Don’t multitask. Focus is key. “These people who think that they can multitask are wrong,” Wendleton says. Focus on one thing, get it done, and move on. “The people who are able to focus and get something done well are the people who are most productive,” she says.

Multitasking will eat up 40 percent of your workday, Tabaka says. “Employers want people who can focus,” she says. Instead, block out time to do certain tasks. “You’re not putting things off—you’re scheduling things,” Tabaka says.

Power nap. A number of medical studies have shown that short napping in the early afternoon increases a person’s pr

oductivity, alertness, and sometimes even their mood. “A very short, regenerative nap can help you channel your energy and refocus,” Tabaka says. Just be sure not to sleep for more than 15 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, it could create problems with your boss.

Read the full, original, article here

From these 10 ways to focus on productivity at work, a favourite of mine was to take a power nap.  Now, whilst I love the idea of this, it’s not often that easy.  My choice used to be the toilet cubicles and a number my colleagues/friends would do the same.  We used to exchange ideas of how to create a pillow and more often than not, the toilet roll on its holder would be the preferred choice.