25 Tips For A More Focused Work Day

Pick One or Pick A Bunch.

After taking a couple of weeks to look at how to bring our minds into focus during our work day, here’s a quick list of things to keep in your productivity tool-box. Feel free to add your own!

  1. Take one, quiet, slow breath. Pay attention to the sensation of the breath flowing in and out the whole time.
  1. Notice how you’re feeling. Don’t hold your breath or sit in an uncomfortable position.
  1. Pick one thing to begin working on.
  1. If you need to switch tasks, fully close and “put away” the first task first.
    Focus. Attention. Productivity.

    Only takes a moment to center yourself

  1. Set yourself an hourly reminder to take a breath (See #1)
  1. Whenever you hear a bell or ringtone or alert, use it as a moment to bring your focus back to what you’re working on.
  1. Find an image that helps to remind you to be mindful. Stick it somewhere on your desk or on your computer desktop.
  1. Make calendar reminders/events during the week to be mindful in your work. Or add positive messages.
  1. If you feel you’re behind in your work, try to find a steadier pace rather than a faster pace.
  1. Notice when something good happens and smile at it!
  1. If you’re up against an un-fixable problem, allow it to be unfixed, put it away, and move to something else.
  1. Remember to be open to new solutions.
  1. If you feel like you’re beating your head against a brick wall, you probably are. Stop.
    Breathe. Focus.

    Every bell is an opportunity to breathe.

  1. Imagine a “Do Not Disturb” bubble around you. If someone disrupts it, be polite but it’s ok to let them know you’re in the middle of something.
  2. If you must set up a meeting or phone call, decide how long it’s going to take, set a timer, and stick to it.
  3. Plan a time in your day to get a warm cup of something. When that time comes, enjoy it.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  1. Drink enough water.
  2. Decide on a time that you’re going to go back and check any emails or messages you may have accrued while your focus is on the important tasks.
    Creativity. Mindfulness.

    Pay attention to the ideas that come flying through your window

  3. Consider turning email/text alerts off for a while.
  4. Pay attention to creative thoughts that fly in through your window. Write them down and read them later.
  1. Keep your workspace as tidy as possible. The physical act of tidying can work wonders for a cluttered mind.
  1. Plan your breaks and then stick to that plan.
  1. Avoid using the internet as a distraction. If you need to look away from your task for a moment, think about doodling on paper or closing your eyes instead.
  1. Repeat #1.
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