5 Ways to Stay Focused at Work

June 25, 2013

Career Advice

5 ways to stay focused at workTechnology makes life and work easier, faster, and better. But the mobility of smartphones means we carry a tracking device with us wherever we go. Anyone can reach us — or interrupt us — at any moment. And we all know that it takes more than a few minutes to find our focus after losing it. Here are five ways to stay focused during your workday:

1. Turn off email alerts.
When you need a high-power work session, check your email settings and disable the pop-up boxes or noises that alert you each time a new email arrives in your inbox. Do a full hour of work and then check your email. Don’t feel bad about it.

2. Put your phone away.
Especially when it comes to meetings, you’ll be more alert — and productive — if your phone isn’t there to distract you. Vibrations and glowing screens will take your attention away from the matter at hand. You can check your email later.

3. Pop in your headphones.
This isn’t a guarantee, but your coworkers may be less likely to interrupt you about inconsequential details when they see that you’re in the zone at your desk. Maybe they’ll send an email instead or just know to catch you at a later time.   

4. Block off your calendar.
If you know your week is going to be crazy, be greedy about your time. Block off an afternoon or that precious hour between meetings. Meetings can especially impede on your workday and every good worker needs “me” time to catch up at your desk.

5. Leave the social networking for later.
If it’s not blocked at work, don’t even tempt yourself for “just a few minutes.” Your whole morning will be gone before you know it.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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