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Ways to Stay Focused at Work / School

I just found a great post on Dave Cheong’s blog entitled “18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work.” Not to be let down, the post definitely delivers on its promise. Here are two of my favorite tips that Dave offers:

Write out a daily task list and plan your day. There’s nothing like a task list sitting next to you to keep you focused. When you have a list of the things you need to accomplish in a day, having that close to you constantly reminding you of what needs to be done is a great way of keeping on track.

Listen to the right types of music. Music is a great way of settling into the working routine. In addition, having music can drown out office noises like printers and background chattering. Be careful though, depending on personal preference, some types of music are not particularly conducive to productive work. For me, I can’t work when listening to songs with lots of lyrics because the words interrupt my thinking process.

Whether you are at work or at school, these two tips are incredibly important for getting things done. Having a list of things to get done can be an incredible motivator. I personally love crossing things off a to-do list. :)

Likewise, it is really helpful in a noisy environment to have some music on. However, be sure to have the right type of music playing. For me, this is usually instrumental music. Like Dave, I can’t concentrate with music that has many lyrics playing in the background. Also, I have found that some good noise-isolating earphones are important sometimes.

Do you have any tips to help stay focused at work or school? Leave a comment for us or drop me a line.

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3 Responses to “Ways to Stay Focused at Work / School”

  1. Rosemary
    April 16th, 2007

    A way to really help you to stay focused at either work or at school is to think about when you’ll be done and you can relax and go home.

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 16th, 2007

    Hi Rosemary,

    Thanks for adding your thoughts in here. I think you’re absolutely right! Keeping your “eye on the prize” is a great motivational tool.

    Thanks a ton for commenting,

  3. Kay
    November 10th, 2008

    I have a great tip! You didn’t mention taking supplements. I take Neurovi Omega 3 to help me stay focused though sometimes I can’t help but let my mind wander at wokr. It was a great help when I was in college and wanted to stay away from ingesting too much caffeine. Our brains thrive on DHA and I can say it did help me. For anyone interested I hear they are doing a promtion of 12% off your purchase if you use the code “gift of health”.

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