12 Things You Can Do When You’re Struggling To Focus At Work

With so many electronic devices and social media platforms, it’s easier than ever for even the most focused and organized professional to get distracted from the task at hand. Combine that with the fact that work-from-home and hybrid work models have become popular for many businesses, and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that people struggle to concentrate.

However, with a little discipline and a few routine changes, there are some effective ways to eliminate procrastination, minimize multitasking, and gain focus during your workday. To that end, 12 members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share their insights on the following question:

“What can you do if you have trouble concentrating during your workday? Why is this so effective?”

Here’s how they recommend taking your focus back.

1. Set your phone to ‘Do not disturb’

“Often, a phone or email notification pops up in the middle of a thought. Most of them can wait, but we want to check them. This distracts our thinking and also changes our mood depending on the content of the notification, affecting the task. ‘Do Not Disturb’ gives you that quiet time to get your work done.” ~ Kripa Shroff, AK Multinational LLC

2. Turn off all distractions

“Make sure you turn off all distractions. Close your office door. Close all social media. Turn off your phone. Turn off all notifications on all your devices. If you’re constantly being pulled in different directions, you won’t be able to focus on anything. Make a list of things to do and set priorities. Work on one item at a time. Multitasking is the worst thing you can do when you have to concentrate.” ~ Jonathan Prichard, MattressInsider.com

3. Break the work into pieces

“Break everything into pieces. Don’t think of your workload as one solid thing. Recognize it for what it is: a series of tasks to complete. This specificity will help you focus on what you are doing and really focus, instead of being distracted by the seeming enormity of everything you have to do. Concentrate on one thing at a time.” ~ Nick Venditti, StitchGolf

4. Identify Why You Are Not Focused

“I like to identify why I’m not focused. If it’s because of something I’m worried about that I have no control over, then I meditate to give myself compassion for my current state and allow myself the grace to do what my body, mind, and spirit need that moment. If it’s an issue I can control, I wonder what I need, and sometimes it’s a fancy hotel room with no distractions.” ~ Givelle Lamano, law firm Lamano

5. Try a daily meditation practice

“Start with a simple five-minute guided meditation and work your way up. The more you train your mind to separate your thoughts from your reality, the more you can be in the here and now and achieve focus during your workday. I use Insight Timer, a free meditation app, but have also heard great things about Headspace and Calm. Find your zen!” ~ Nic Weinfeld, Five to Sixty

6. Do some physical activity

“If you have trouble concentrating during the day, go for a walk or do some physical activity. Sport always helps you organize your thoughts and organize your tasks.” ~ Alexandru Stan, Tekpon

7. Stretch and Breathe

“Take a moment to let your blood flow. Breathe in and out deeply 10 times. Bend down to touch your toes. Reach for the sky with your hands and focus on stretching that spine. This two-minute exercise can be repeated several times in a row to achieve renewed focus. If you are in a time crunch, it is enough to do the exercise once to get sharp again.” ~ Mary Harcourt, CosmoGlo

8. Change your environment

“One thing that sometimes helps me focus is changing my environment. When I’m at home or in the office, I go outside. Even changing rooms can be helpful. It may be that a device I’m working on is distracting, so it may also help to go offline and brainstorm or write things down with pen and paper.” ~ Kalin Kassabov, ProTexting

9. Switch tasks

“If I have trouble concentrating at work, I switch tasks. Sometimes I need a day of small tasks of 20 to 30 minutes instead of eight hours on one project. I’m always self-conscious when I decide to make this switch so that we don’t fall behind. I think this strategy is effective because I can keep my focus long enough to mark things off my list and stay productive.” ~ Chris Christoff, MonsterInsights

10. Prioritize your goals over the demands of others

“Focus is a funny thing – some days will be crystal clear, and others will be more varied. You can’t control everything, so try to use the time you do have. Pick three or four instead of a list of ten things. Prioritize your goals over the demands of others. Often protecting your own needs instead of being reactive will bring the focus you so desperately seek.” ~ Ashley Sharp, stay dignified

11. Use the Pomodoro Technique

“When I have trouble concentrating, I find it super effective to use the Pomodoro technique. In this technique, I take a five-minute break every 25 minutes. Once I’ve completed four such cycles, I take a longer break of 10 to 15 minutes. This technique gives a sense of urgency and takes away the feeling that I have all day to complete a task because I only have 25 minutes per cycle.” ~ Thomas Griffin, Optin Monster

12. Listen to music to boost your mood

“I listen to my jam. Music makes me motivated and ready to go. I definitely need music to keep me upbeat and motivated for the day. When I have to be perky, I play my favorite Beyonce songs. If I need female empowerment, I’ll play more music about that. It is effective because it calms and wakes up my soul. The best part? It gives me more ideas depending on the music I’m listening to.” ~ Daisy Jing, Banish

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