I find that I often have the hardest time staying focused during the summer time. I think there will always be something inside me like an alarm that signals vacation time! I know there must be a lot of people out there like me so I thought I would write my tips for staying focused when all you want to do is relax at the beach.
1. Make a List
It’s really easy to lose track of time, as well as where you are in your work without a list. If you have due dates add those to your list first and then smaller tasks that also have to be done after that. When approaching any project I normally have two lists that I work from. One has all the items that I have to do for that project and the other includes all the other daily tasks I need to get done that do not relate to the main project. Not only does this help me stay focused, but it helps me multitask as well. Having a list with tasks you can cross off goes a long way to motivate you to complete projects.
2. Make it Fun
Setting goals for yourself is one way to make work fun and stay focused. I usually work back and forth between my lists and give myself little “treats” when I reach my goals. Usually in the morning my goal is getting a certain amount of items on my lists done before I can go to lunch. Then I usually like to break my afternoon up into two parts so once I reach my afternoon goal I usually take a break as well. There are a lot of great programs that can help you manage time such as these great Google Chrome extensions. The extension called time tracker that shows you how much time you spend on other sites can help you to stay motivated.
3. Take a Break
We all need a chance to step away from our desks and just have a moment to ourselves. I usually like to do this in the afternoon because it allows me to take my eyes off the computer screen and step back to make sure all my daily projects are getting done. I normally go outside of the office and take the chance to soak in the warm summer sun. I like to take walks, but some of us here enjoy taking our lawn chairs out to the grass and just relaxing for a couple minutes.
What about you, do you have some tips you use to stay focused at work? Leave them in the comments.