How To Improve Concentration At Work

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Published: 08th October 2012
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Have you ever experienced just one of those days where youíve found it very difficult to concentrate? Did you find it hard to focus on what you were doing?
Iíve had days like that before. For one reason or another, I have days where itís hard to concentrate at work. In this article, Iíve come up with a few tips that I use to improve concentration at work.

Mobile Phone Ė On Vibrate, Out Of Sight

I always put my mobile phone out of my direct line of sight. This is so I can't get as distracted by it. If itís in view, Iíll get tempted to check emails, calls, Facebook and other apps on my phone. The temptation could still be there if itís next to you, but if you're unable to see it then itís not in your mind as much.
I also put my phone on the Vibrate setting Ė the ringtone is turned off, but the phone vibrates when a call or message is received. This way, I can still get notified if I receive calls, itís not offputting other people in the workplace with my ringtone, and in turn it helps improve concentration at work.

Leave Personal Browsing For Lunch Breaks

Iím sure you have quite a few things going on outside of the office. I can sometimes have things that need to be organised, or web sites that I like to browse to catch up on the latest news or recent IT career advice over at CIO.com. However, I could spend hours doing things like that Ė which then creep into my work time. Iíve set myself a rule Ė I only browse these sites during lunch my lunch break.
I eat my lunch, I come back to my desk for a little while, do some personal tasks or browsing if I need to (within reason), and then get back to work.
Your personal activities will then be grouped into a certain part of the day. It helps to break things up as well, giving your mind a break between working on tasks, which is a great way to improve concentration at work.

Eat Well During The Day

When I first started working in information technology, I found it hard to concentrate consistently for eight hours a day. I had such a short term approach to my day. When I felt distracted, I would get a can of Coke or some chocolate or some other food. I would then get the buzz from that for a short while, then it would wear off.
Since then, my diet has improved, and lately Iíve been eating even better. Have several snacks throughout the day (I usually have bananas, apples or muesli bars), eat a healthy lunch, drink a lot of water. Iím not a health expert, but Iíve read and been told that this has several good effects on your body, one of which is the energy, which then helps concentration at work.

Improve Concentration At Work - Get A Good Nightís Sleep

I believe the thing that has the biggest impact to your ability to concentrate at work is the amount of sleep you get the night before. Iíve had nights where Iíve had four hours or less sleep, and Iíve felt like Iíve been hit by a truck. I slouched around the office, feeling like a zombie, not concentrating at work and counting down the minutes until home time.
Iíve also had days where Iíve gotten a solid eight hours sleep, woke up feeling refreshed, and put in a good day of productive work. Sleep is important Ė getting a great nightís rest is vital to improving concentration at work. Your requirement for the number of hours you need will vary Ė I think the recommended amount is 6 to 8 but as long as you feel refreshed the next day, the exact amount of hours isnít that important.

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