Summer is right around the corner and you may start to notice that it’s getting harder to stay focused on the job while catching a glimpse at the beams of light that shed through your office blinds on a regular basis. Although we may live in Oregon, I think it’s important that we learn ways to avoid becoming distracted in the workplace as we spiral through the remaining of Spring term.
Use a planner and take notes
When I have a lot of different things going on at once, I have noticed that it’s much easier to become distracted by my own thoughts in my head than anything else. If you’re always asking yourself “What do I have to do next?” or “What do I have to do today?” then you’ll never get anything done. In this case, disorganization can be your worst enemy. It’s essential that you record things in your planner or take notes on a daily basis so you always know what needs to be done.
Prioritize the things that need to be done
When dealing with so many tasks at hand, how do you know which ones to focus on first? At the beginning of your day, collect a list of all your tasks, and arrange the order in which you will complete all your day’s tasks by the level of importance you place on each task. By the end of the day, you may have not completed all your desired tasks, but at least you will have completed the tasks that matter to you and to your supervisor or boss.
Put away all distractions
According to an article written by The Huffington Post, millennials waste more than 2x as much time on the Internet and social media as Boomers but also slightly more than Gen X’ers while at work. That’s really something to take into consideration when a majority of of supervisors are from older generations. So put your cell phone away, log off that social media account you’ve been itching to check out all day, and stay focused on what needs to be done in the present.