When I started working in an office, many of the tasks that I would normally have done during the day at home, were changed to focus at work. My usual morning routines included a cup of coffee and a few minutes spent on the computer to make sure I hadn’t missed any important emails, phone calls or anything else. The first few weeks this was fine, but as the weeks went by my attention at home was being divided up too often and it became obvious that my concentration at work was not as strong as it should be. This was affecting me more as each day went by. I began to get more antsy and more irritable. A major change that I did notice during this time was that I was focusing a lot harder on what the boss said, rather than listening to what I thought needed to be said.
A major part of focusing at work was avoiding having to do “mental tasks” or chores for the day. I was finding myself focusing on how long the task would take, instead of on the actual task itself. The result of this is that even though I was meeting all of the goals I set for the day, I was not feeling as productive as I should have. I began to notice that the tasks that I was completing were becoming much more difficult as I worked them and the tasks that I should have been completing, were taking longer to complete. This made me feel overwhelmed and my mood and energy level in general suffered from it.
As I began to focus more on the task at hand rather than the work day, I began to notice that my tasks were becoming easier. The first thing that I had to do when focusing on tasks that I was tasked to do, was to write down exactly how long each task was going to be and what the expected outcome was. From that point on, I simply followed the plan that I wrote down. Because I was staying focused on what I needed to do, rather than what I wanted to accomplish, I was able to stay focused on the task at hand and I did not get distracted by other things that were going on in my personal life.
I find that when I am focusing on work and not on personal life, I often feel overwhelmed and burned out quickly. If I am not careful, I can easily fall into a burnout or simply put myself in a state of stress. It is important for me to remember that when I am feeling stressed or tired, I need to either put myself in a work mode so that I do not become overwhelmed, or I need to take a break and relax. I find that when I take the time to relax and focus on a personal life or something else, I am more productive and I am less likely to suffer from a burnout.
Another reason why I feel overwhelmed or burned out quickly is because of the number of distractions that I have in my home or office. When I am focused on one task, I may be able to resist some of the distractions that are going on around me and that means that I can stay focused and on task. However, when I am surrounded by distractions, it is much more difficult to focus and stay focused. Therefore, it is very important for me to make sure that I have enough space to walk away, even if I am doing a task that requires concentration.
My final tip for focusing at work is to make sure that I have a to-do list. The first thing that I do when I feel overwhelmed or burned out is to sit down and write out all of the tasks that I have to do each day. From that list, I can decide which tasks are the most important and the most crucial to completing each day and I can take time each day to complete one task and then move on to the next one on my to-do list until I am completely focused on completing the current work requirements for the day.