Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Effective Ways to Concentrate at Work

Mental concentration

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. ~ Alexander Graham Bell

There are many things you can do to concentrate on your work. Here is the list:

  1. Be Comfortable: Is the working environment conducive to mental concentration? Is it well-lit but not too bright? Is your desk tidy without clutter? Sitting next to a window and allowing you to look far away or putting a pot of plants on your desk is a great way to lift your mood, calm your mind and get you into the mood to focus on your work.

  1. Eating right: Get your energy and nutrition from your breakfast. It is the right way to start a new day to be alert and energized. Drinking plenty of water is to keep your body and brain hydrated and maintain your attention span.

  1. Avoid distractions: Checking email less often, avoiding drop-in visitors and telephone calls are effective ways to do work without interruptions.  

  1. One task at a time: Your mind can only work on one task at a time. Multitasking is stressful and reduces your power to concentrate. Doing one task at a time is the best way to work smoothly and avoid making mistakes.  

  1. Plan ahead: Concentration comes naturally when you are on top of things. Getting organized and working on your to-do list according to your priorities are the ways to get things done.

  1. Mindfulness: Meditations can relax your mind, reduce your stress and promote mindfulness. It means you pay attention to only the task at hand and think of nothing else.

  1. Take breaks: Taking breaks and working without rushing about are ways to reduce stress at work. Maintaining your alertness and refreshing your mind are good methods to boost concentration. 

  1. Match important work to your peak energy: Do the most important tasks when your mind is fresh and alert to perform your best. Morning is the best time for me to tackle important tasks because my mind is fresh and my energy is at its peak after a good night’s sleep. When do you work best?

  1. Solve problems: When there is a problem nagging you, you are surely disturbed and not be able to do work with concentration. Solve a problem quickly and get it out of your mind.

  1. Keeping fit and healthy: Do you sleep well every night? Sound sleep repairs damages done to your body and restores your energy. Insufficient sleep curtails your ability to concentrate during the day. Do you exercise regularly? It is an effective and healthy way to expand energy and obtain energy for better concentration.   

  1. Motivation: Motivation contributes to better concentration. You work with your heart and mind when you do things  you enjoy and get  you closer to your goals   

The first law of success ... is concentration: to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left. ~ William Matthews

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