Guest Post: 13 Ways to Beat Distractions and Stay Focused at Work

At this point in time, no one is denying that we live in the age of distraction.

All of this distraction makes it nearly impossible to stay focused and productive at work. But we have to come up with a solution if we’re ever going to achieve our best levels of personal success.

To stay focused at work, please use these 13 ways to eliminate distractions so that they do not have a negative effect on your job performance.

#1 Avoid Social Media like the Plague

Sure, many people have a great time checking their social media feeds throughout the day.

But websites like Facebook and Twitter are also productivity destroyers.

You can quickly get sucked into the drama on the social media sites, and before long, you’ll have wasted hours of your day without being productive at all.

#2 Make Your Job Fun and Inspiring

If you want to stay productive at work, your job needs to be fun and inspiring.

You may work at a company that you really do not like. And because of your great dislike for the company, it makes a 40-hour work week feel like a year has slowly gone by as your lackluster job eats away at your soul.

If that’s the case, you need to find another job that you find fun, inspiring, and one that will make it very easy for you to focus on your daily tasks.

#3 Clean up Your Workspace

Whether you realize it or not, it’s very easy to get distracted by a cluttered desk and work area.

If your workspace looks like it’s been hit by a tsunami, you need to take some time to de-clutter the area and make it distraction free.

Once you do this, your productivity numbers will begin to soar.

#4 Eat Healthy Meals

When we eat healthy meals, our minds stay clear, our bodies stay light, and we have a much easier time staying focused.

On the other hand, when we eat unhealthy meals, we feel tired, sluggish, and ultimately out of sorts.

You’ll be a lot more productive when healthy eating is a priority.

Plus, we’re learning that some of our biggest cancer treatment breakthroughs are related to the food that we put in our body, so you’ll be doing yourself a big favor by eating this way anyway.

#5 Take Focus Boosting Supplements and Smart Drugs

Sometimes we have a difficult time staying focused because our body chemistry is out of whack.

If that’s the case, you can take smart drugs like Adrafinil to regain your focus, clarity, and improve your levels of concentration.

Not only will you focus better, but you’ll also improve your memory and increase productivity levels through the roof.

Smart drugs and supplements are definitely the way to go when it’s time to get focused and eliminate distractions.

#6 Turn your Computer into a Distraction Free Zone

Do you have certain programs that you use regularly? Make shortcuts for them on your desktop.

If you’re working on a particular project, create one folder and put all of your necessary files in there.

By doing this, you’ll know exactly where to look for your files and you won’t have to worry about getting distracted by other things on your computer.

#7 Keep Snacks at Your Desk

Do you like to snack during the workday? Who doesn’t?

Instead of having to get up at certain points throughout the day, keep snacks available at your desk so that they are ready for you whenever you want them.

And sticking with our theme of healthy eating, make sure your snacks are healthy and will provide you with energy instead of making you feel sluggish and lethargic.

#8 Keep Water at Your Desk

It’s always wise to have enough water available on hand throughout the day.

If you start feeling hungry or fatigued, instead of immediately reaching for something to eat, you should have a glass of water as an alternative.

More often than not, we think we are hungry and tired but we really are just dehydrated and thirsty.

So have water available right at your desk for when you need it the most.

#9 Prioritize Your Tasks

If you have a million things that need to get done during the day, you should take time to prioritize your tasks.

By doing this, you’ll be able to focus your energy in the right areas so that you can overcome your greatest challenges with ease.

#10 Make Yourself Unreachable

If you’re working on an important task, you have to make yourself unreachable to everyone in the office.

Otherwise, people are going to call, email, and stop by your desk all the time to ask you to do things for them. This will kill your productivity big time.

So make sure you are unreachable to achieve your greatest levels of productivity and stay focused throughout the workday.

#11 Keep a To-Do List

By having a to-do list, you’ll always know what needs to get done next. This will allow you to stay focused while working on your most pressing projects throughout the day.

#12 Wear Noise Canceling Headphones

If you work in a noisy office environment, an easy way to block out the background noise and eliminate the distractions is to wear noise canceling headphones.

Invest in a great pair by looking online and reading the reviews.

If noise is a major problem, do not be afraid to spend a little extra to get the best headphones to meet your needs.

#13 Turn off Your Phone and Email When Possible

Some companies might not allow you to turn off your phone and email during the day. And if this is the case, then this tip isn’t going to work for you.

On the other hand, if you do have this option, you should definitely shut down your phone and email while you are trying to focus on a specific task.

It will make it a lot easier to complete the task at hand.

Conclusion

If you have a difficult time staying focused at work, please use these 13 tips to easily eliminate distractions throughout the workday.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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