Lately, I've found myself distracted at work; longing to focus but distracted easily. I work a 9-5 job and with the usual overtime added to my schedule, I implemented some changes at work that would help me reduce extra hours of work and work smarter, not harder.
Distractions in an office can come from anywhere- coworkers, events, deadlines, and even certain tasks can distract you from what's really important and from being efficient. The first thing I did to help me concentrate more was to move desks. Not only are our the top sections of our cubicles glass, which makes it distracting with people walking by, they are surrounded by the salesman's offices so I moved to a section of my office near empty offices and moved to a cubicle that faces a wall, reducing the passerby distractions. Because my cubicle faces a wall, my back is now facing all the commotion so all I need to focus on is my desk and my computer.
Another change I implemented is headphones. Firstly, I brought in headphones to listen to music while I work, helping me not be distracted by office conversations. I also switched out the office headsets- we use to have headsets with one ear cushion and switched to headsets with two, so that while on the phone, we can listen clearly to our phone calls with ear cushions on both ears.
Another tip for focusing at work is buy essential oil candles, such as lavender or eucalyptus, to help you concentrate. Lucky for us, our boss loves candles so we each have one at our cubicle, perfect since we all sit at corners of the office where our scents can mix.
Lastly, keep motivational quotes at your work area to help remind you of what you're working towards and stay on course. I even like to switch up which quotes are posted on my cork board, just to have a fresh reminder!