How to Stay Focused After the Holidays
By Deborah Sweeney on January 11, 2013
We’ve gotten to that point in the New Year where there will be no more holiday parties, no office festivities, and no family gatherings relating to a season for quite some while. As we find ourselves in this time of no holidays it can be difficult to stay focused at work.
Here are three ways to beat this post-holiday slump and amp up your focus:
Something that I will always swear by in terms of work productivity is working out first thing in the morning. Exercising gives you extra energy and releases endorphins so you can be alert and in a good mood for the rest of your day. I wake up, throw on some work out gear, get on my spinning bike, and spin to an energized playlist I’ve made for myself. By the time I’ve eaten a healthy breakfast and gotten ready for the day I feel like I can take on the world let alone my work duties for the day.
Make a to-do list.
The first thing you should do upon sitting down at your desk is write up a to-do list for everything you’d like to get done for the day. Having a tangible list lets you know where you are in your progress for the day which gives you an idea of how much time you ought to be spending on each item. Plus, crossing out a task you’ve just completed provides a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Between the tasks on your to-do list be sure to take a few mini breaks. Take a trip to the kitchen to get yourself a glass of water, wander over to your favorite co-worker to discuss last night’s Bachelor episode, or surf the Internet for a few minutes, but do something to give your brain a break and to reward yourself. Smaller, frequent breaks are better than large breaks every now and then because after a hefty break it’s tough to get your head back in the game. With a small break it’s easier to snap out of it and get back to your list!