4 Proven Ways to Stay Focused in A Busy Office

It can be hard to stay focused in a busy office. There’s always something going on – meetings, conversations, or donuts to eat in the kitchen, not to mention your coworkers coming up to you to ask about your job. The nerve people have! Fortunately, you don’t actually have to be available to your coworkers all the time. There are proven ways to keep yourself on task while keeping others an arm’s length away so you can get your work accomplished.

1. Put On Headphones
Headphones tell the world, I am concentrating on my work and need to focus. Bonus points if you play them loudly enough that it sounds like your own personal desk concert.

2. Write a To-Do List
Just be prepared to alter the course. We all know that clients and coworkers will ask you to change directions and focus on the immediate need. That’s to be expected – not everything is predictable. Know that for the few moments it took to write out your list, you will feel in charge of your calendar!

3. Keep Your Desk Organized
Keep your desk clean and your mind uncluttered. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to reorganize, clean your desk and put things back where they belong. It’ll make the next morning much more enjoyable.

4. Practice Quiet Hours
If you can’t beat ‘em, set strict rules they must follow. Enforce quiet time for a few hours a day to give everyone the chance to concentrate. No chips or crunchy snacks allowed. Be fanatical about it so people know you’re serious. You’ll be amazed at how much is accomplished during the quiet time.