How To Improve Concentration Levels In Your Office

January 20, 2015

We’ve all been there. You’re desperately trying to focus on a task, but despite your best efforts, your mind keeps wandering. If you’re sitting at a desk for long periods of time, remaining productive can often prove to be a challenge. Couple that with an open plan office and your concentration levels are bound to dwindle from time to time. If a noisy colleague is preventing you from getting the job done, or you find yourself constantly daydreaming about what you’re having for lunch, here’s a few simple ways to help keep daily distractions under control:
Office screens
No matter what size the office, having your own space is essential if you are to remain focused throughout the day. Office screens offer an easy and effective way to section-off an open plan room and provide workers with the privacy they need to focus on their tasks. From room dividers that can be used to group departments together, to individual desk screens that can shut out distractions and reduce noise levels, there are a host of office screens and partitions available. And, because they are only a temporary solution, the screens can easily be taken down or moved around to suit your changing needs.
Declutter your workspace
Your personal environment can have a huge impact on your ability to concentrate. Having a neat, tidy desk can help you to feel more organised and relaxed while working, which can in turn boost your attentiveness. The easiest way to de-clutter is to assess your workstation and determine what you really need. Make sure that all your equipment and office supplies have a proper home and throw away any unnecessary paperwork. Investing in shelves or desk tidies is a great way to help you organise your working day and encourage you to stay on task.
Take regular breaks
As well as your environment, mindset can also play an important role when it comes to attention span. Taking regular breaks throughout the day is essential if you want to bounce back from stressful work demands. Whether you’re going for a walk, doing gentle exercises at your desk or taking a quick coffee break with a colleague, giving yourself time to regroup every now and then can work wonders for your concentration levels. Be careful though – don’t let a rest from work turn into procrastination – try to keep your breaks short and frequent.
Increase your comfort levels
Improving your physical environment can also help to boost productivity. If your desk is too high, or your chair is too low, it can cause your mind to stray from work and instead focus on your discomfort. Make sure that your chair, desk and computer screen are in a position that allows you to work comfortably – you’ll be surprised at how much longer you are able to concentrate for.

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