Staying Focused On The Job

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.

-Tyler Horst

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5 Responses to Staying Focused On The Job

  1. Sam Cody says:

    You definitely made some good points here Tyler. Being organized and prioritizing what you need to do will help you get your work done and it will keep you off of the internet. As much as we all want to check the internet, its not appropriate to do at work.

  2. hmaarchive says:

    This is so applicable right now and some valuable key points to stay on track. Distractions are definitely #1. Especially when work is at a stand still, it’s hard not to get lazy and revert back to my pinterest page.

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Tyler. Well done.

  4. Ryan Delaney says:

    I completely agree with your point on keeping a list by your side for your daily activities. It’s so easy to get distracted and forget about that small assignment that was in the back of your mind all week. Post it notes also help a lot! Nice post!


  5. Great points, Tyler! I’ve found that having my “notes” open on my computer is a good way to stay on top of my tasks. Whenever something new comes up for me, I add it to my “to-do” note which has my projects in order of when they are due and in order of priority. This gives me a visual way of staying on task. It’s a more difficult to justify getting distracted when you have five projects on the docket!

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