Concentration. It’s a valuable quality for anyone working in an office to have, especially with so many new tasks to finish popping up all over the place.
Often, you may find it difficult to concentrate on your to-do list when you get to work–and especially on Monday. But who can blame you? With the weekend having just ended, exciting and energetic activities over, and the work week beginning to kick into gear, the thought of going to work on a Monday can be nothing short of dreadful.
Whether you’ve got the Monday Blues or not, however, you may find yourself frustrated at not being able to focus at work. Fear not! This #MayhemMonday, we’re bringing you four ways to improve your concentration when you arrive at work and start tackling that to-do list.
All right, so you have a million things to do today and you feel like you’re drowning underneath all of these tasks on your list. If you don’t have all of them finished by the end of the day, you’ll feel like an utter failure.
Stop for a moment and take a deep breath. You might have a lot on your plate during your work day–that’s understandable. Take a look at your list of tasks and ask yourself which ones are the most important. Do you have certain tasks that absolutely must be finished by the end of the day? If that’s the case, then start with those.
In general, define your goals for the day. Start setting some deadlines for what needs to be finished and when. Need to type and post an article by the end of the day? Put that task at the top of your list. Have a quick task that doesn’t need to be completed until Thursday? Work on that one later. Prioritizing everything you need to do will lessen your stress and help you better concentrate on everything that needs to be completed first and foremost.
2. Create a schedule.
This point ties in nicely with the above point. Keep track of the tasks you need to complete by writing them down or by using a planner. There are plenty of online task schedulers that you can use, including our favorite, Asana. For tasks that need to be finished in a certain amount of time, set an alarm if you need to. Keep your schedule reasonable and realistic so you don’t become overwhelmed with an overload of tasks that need to be completed all at once.
If you have a schedule that you can refer to and focus on, then you can relax. Creating a consistent schedule for yourself that you know you can stick to can give you some reassurance that you will finish tasks on time. Cross off or check off the tasks as you complete them, too. By the end of the day, take a look at all the tasks you’ve checked off of your list and give yourself a well-earned pat on the back. Celebrate the fact that you accomplished so much at work today and that you made it through another Monday!
3. Shrink larger tasks into tinier pieces.
Do you have one particularly huge task to complete? Does the task overwhelm you the moment thoughts of it cross your mind?
If this is the case, then you might have to break it down into more manageable bits. Break out that pen and paper and write down all the parts of the task that need to be completed. Decide the order in which you will complete these mini-tasks, and take everything one step at a time so you can focus more easily. Once you have determined the order in which you will be completing these tasks, you don’t have to waste time and stress yourself out by trying to complete everything at once. With smaller pieces of the task to focus on one at a time, you should be able to concentrate more easily.
4. Take breaks.
Have you been working for four hours straight? Have you eaten? Used the restroom? Has working for so long given you a headache?
We hope not! But if you’ve been working for several hours straight, then stop off and take a quick break. Don’t force yourself to complete everything in one shot! If you keep making yourself work with a cluttered mind and a pounding headache, you’re probably not going to get very far.
Step outside and get some fresh air. Eat a bagel and grab a drink. You’ve been working so hard–you’ve at least earned yourself a break and a meal, right?
Even if you’re not taking a lunch break, it’s still important to stop what you’re doing for a couple of minutes to just relax and catch your breath so you don’t overwhelm yourself. After all, you’re going to need that noggin of yours to get you through the rest of the day. Pace your day and don’t work yourself to exhaustion.
If you can make it through Monday, then you can make it through the rest of the week, and we’re rooting for you! Sometimes, however, we understand that your work week can become very hectic–especially when you have a lot of web marketing or web design mayhem to deal with. If at any point during the week you need help managing your website or web marketing mayhem, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.