Manage yourself and get your work done Five-minute practices to help you focus and stay on task

Do you find yourself getting distracted from your daily work tasks or losing focus while working on a deadline? It’s quite normal and can happen to anyone. The more important question is, how can you get around it and refocus your attention on getting your work done? It's easier than you might think. Here are a few easy, five-minute practices to help you focus and stay on task.

Visualize your day

Before you get started at work, try to picture what your day will look like. Think about what you want to achieve, the actions you will need to take to achieve them and how the resulting outcomes will affect your work. Essentially, you're preparing yourself, your mind and body, for whatever it is you want to happen.

In recent years, many influential people have spoken of the power of visualization. The idea is that if you can see yourself being the person you want to be and doing the things you want to do, you’re going to feel more confident in making that vision a reality.

Keep a journal of your progress

When you are halfway through your work day, try to jot down whatever it is you’ve done so far. In doing so you’ll be able to understand if you’re on track to achieving your goals for the day. By assessing how much work you’ve got done, you’ll know how to pace yourself for the remainder of the day.

Take a break to walk or stretch

From a biological standpoint, the human body is not built for a sedentary lifestyle. As Murat Dalkilinç, an educator, elaborates in the linked video, the act of sitting for prolonged periods of time can limit the oxygen and blood flow to the brain. This leads to reduced brain activity and affects concentration levels, particularly if you are sitting in a slouched manner. The end result is that it limits a few of your body's processes and, therefore, your capabilities as well.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this. Instead of assuming a slumped or slouched posture wherein the spine is curved, try a more open posture that allows you to pull back your shoulders and keep your spine straight. Additionally, to ensure your brain activity is at an optimal level, try getting up from your chair for a few minutes every hour to briefly walk about and stretch your legs and upper body.

It may not seem like it but little routines like these can make a big difference in the long run.

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