4 Ways to Improve Focus at Work

In my experience, the four main culprits that affect our focus at the office are social media, email, texting and uncontrollable thoughts. I’ve come up with four quick solutions to improve focus at work that only take a little bit of self-control to exercise.

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Log out of all social media accounts for at least 2-3 of the busiest hours during your workday. Why? You’ll be more productive and you will survive without them for a while. Work email may be important to keep active, but you can disable notifications on your personal email for several hours as well. You can return an old friend’s email at home later in the day when you’re more at ease. When it comes to texts, if you have an iPhone, turning off the ‘send read receipts’ option in iMessage is a good option. This is what I have done to prevent myself from feeling obligated to respond more quickly to texts than I actually need to. Finally, we all occasionally have thoughts or conversations that we ruminate over and dwell on throughout the day. Opening up a quick note on your phone and venting there or leaving a reminder can help to prevent you from continually worrying about or stressing over an incident or task.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is Chief Resident of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.