9 Tips to Stay Focused at Work This Summer

By: Vanessa Cardy, Director of PR

UntitledIt’s 75 degrees, the sun is shining, and the breeze is just right. It’s the perfect day to be outside enjoying the weather… except for the one thing holding you back—work. It’s difficult to stay on task and focused while all you can think about is sunbathing by the pool or lounging at the beach. The warmer is gets outside, the harder is to concentrate. Next time you’re feeling cooped up in the office, use these tips to make the most out of your work day.

Figure out the problem. Is it a Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest addiction? Chatting too much with friends about the weekend? Try to narrow down what’s causing you to lose focus and work towards fixing it.

Eat a good breakfast.
Studies have shown that eating a full breakfast can improve overall attention and concentration, so don’t start your day on an empty stomach. Pack yourself snacks to refuel throughout the day.

Set realistic deadlines.
It’s extremely difficult to focus when you’re paranoid about a deadline that’s quickly approaching, so be up front with your boss. If you need extra time, don’t be afraid to ask. You’ll thank yourself later.

Clean up your workspace.
Anything from post-its to pictures, even extra papers can be distracting. Clear off your desktop and keep the essentials: laptop, notepad, pen and water bottle!

Wear headphones.
Blocking out the chatter of your fellow employees among other unnecessary noise will help you shift your focus and stay in the zone.

Take mini breaks.
Instead of staying late at the office, try taking little breaks throughout the day after short bursts of hard work. It’s better than pushing your body and brain to the point of total burnout.

Step outside.
If you can’t stop staring out the window, try taking a walk around the block. Once you get back to the office, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go.

Don’t leave tasks for Friday.
Fridays are always rushed, especially in the summer. Try to finish your big assignments in the beginning of the week, leaving the smaller stuff for the end of the week when it

Make the most of the weekend.
Plan a mini-vacation, go the beach, go camping, or go to that concert you’ve been dying to see. Go do all the things you’ve wanted to do so that you don’t feel as though you’re working your entire summer away!

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