Hot coffee and cold water are within reach, your headphones are playing a calming soundtrack and you have four hours to be hyper-focused on a looming deadline. Then your phone lights up – it’s a Slack notification, so you better check it. You notice a few other notifications on your phone, including an email response you’ve been waiting for. If you don’t read it now, you’ll wonder what it says. Since you’re already in your email, you take a few minutes to clear out the other messages that have come through in the last hour. You feel like you’re accomplishing something, but all these types distractions can (and often do) stand in the way of actually staying focused on what counts while at work.
If you’re not careful, you can spend your entire day flitting from one surface-level task to another. In this post we’ll run through eleven tips you can implement to help you stay focused at work.