How to Stay Focused at Work During the Summer Months14/04/2017
Whether it’s Easter, summer or mid-term break, working full time during the holiday season can be a trying time. We all love the longer evenings but these can sometimes bring added stress as we struggle to accommodate the plans of our family and our own social activities. Oftentimes, our work can suffer during this period causing more anxious moments than normal. Here’s our advice to help you stay on top of things, while still making the most of the longer evenings.
Never see a day wasted this summer by accounting for your time with ‘to do’ lists of family activities, social events, and work projects. Keep two nights free for yourself each week to plan something that takes advantage of the extra brightness even if it’s just a walk in the outdoors.
We all have those friends and colleagues in far-flung locations who are having the time of their lives on Instagram. Understandably, seeing these fab glimpses of beach life can be very demotivating. A great in-office tip to ensure you remain focused on the task at hand is to “go offline”. Block any websites which can become an unnecessary distraction, like Facebook or Twitter. There’s plenty of great plugins or apps available which will block your social media accounts, so there’s no excuse anymore to lose focus.
If your office has an internal chat messenger, switch your status to offline so you can completely concentrate on your daily tasks or projects. Or better still, book yourself into a quiet meeting room and allow distractions to pass by unnoticed. If this sounds like something that you would like to do on a more regular basis, read our advice on how to start a digital detox.
Remember – Keep work time for work and home time for home things and you’ll feel better off for it.
With brighter and longer days upon us, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients from your food to function at a high level throughout the day. Your diet plays a pivotal role in your energy levels, which in turn directly affect your concentration.
Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are not the devil reincarnate, but in fact are essential for energy production.
Oats are some of the most nutritious and energy-packed foods out there and have seen a return to fashion in recent years, with overnight oats taking over Instagram. They’re also full of vitamin B, which is known for its stress-fighting and fatigue-reducing properties – essential for anyone who needs to focus.
To fuel concentration, remember to drink at least two litres of water a day. Keep on top of your water consumption by placing a bottle of water beside your computer screen, this will remind you to keep sipping throughout the day. Tea lovers should switch from black tea to a refreshing herbal tea infusion to keep hydrated.
Far from depleting your energy levels, exercise is proven to have a positive effect on your mood and overall concentration.
Regular exercise helps improve your memory, thinking skills and cognitive function and with fine weather just around the corner, there’s no excuse not to get out and about.
While there’s always the option of joining your local gym, there’s plenty of ways to improve your exercise regime, without signing up for a gym membership. A brisk morning walk is a great way to get way to shake off the cobwebs and arrive mentally prepared for your workday.
We’ve all had nights where we didn’t get our recommended eight hours of sleep and wake up the following morning tired, groggy and not able to concentrate.
There are a few simple tips and tricks that will help you get the full night’s sleep you deserve and ensure you wake up feeling like conquering the world.
Firstly, don’t eat any rich or fatty foods three to four hours before bed. Your body has to work extra hard to digest these foods, which can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. Also, it’s best to avoid any caffeinated drinks in the evening time.
Something we’re all guilty of, however, is gazing into our smartphone screen until the wee hours. The blue light from these devices tricks our brains into staying awake and so it’s best to adopt a no tech policy before bed.
By making a few simple changes to your night time routine, you can instantly improve the quality of your sleep ensuring you wake refreshed and re-energised.