It’s Wednesday. It’s a holiday week so for many people, that means a shorter work week as well. It’s hot. It’s summer. It’s a time where it’s easy to get distracted by the sounds of kids splashing in water, watermelons tumbling over in the grocery stores, ready to be cut open for that next barbecue afternoon and the hot, hot heat that just begs us to slow down and relax a moment.
But it’s still Wednesday and there’s work to be done. Here are 7 ways to refocus on the tasks at hand and enjoy the moment despite all summer’s distractions.
- Eat breakfast. Yep, this is obvious. But eating in the morning can do more than just jump-start your metabolism. Studies show that eating breakfast can improve attention and concentration.
- Plan it out. The night before, think through the next day. Write a list of the things that need to be done and rank them in importance. A little preparation can make work so much more enjoyable.
- Exercise. Again–obvious. But even though most of us know this is an effective way to begin the day and regain focus, we often fail to do it. It doesn’t mean you have to get up and run 10 miles. Wake up and stretch, do a few jumping jacks, walk the dogs…just move!
- Limit your exposure. Shut off your email notifications and turn your social media pushes off. If you want to stay focused and feel as though you’re accomplishing what you set out to, you’ll need to limit the distractions we’ve come to believe are a part of life. One survey found nearly 60% of disruptions at work come from email, social networks and cell phones. You may think constant contact is necessary, but trust me, it’s not.
- Clean up. A neat workspace leads to more productivity.
- Put on the headphones. You may be able to turn off the Facebook pings on your phone, but the noise around you can be just as distracting. If you really want to focus, turn on something that motivates you and connect those headphones.
- Drink! Start with some tea or coffee and then make sure you continue to hydrate all day long. The #1 cause for fatigue is dehydration.
- Smile–even when you don’t feel like it. Just the simple act of smiling can relax your mind and body and in return, help you stay focused.