Working from home during the pandemic presented its own challenges when it comes to distraction and difficulty maintaining concentration. Although many jobs have returned to busy and hectic office life as Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease.
While many of us have enjoyed reuniting with colleagues and our favorite commuter coffee shops, the shift from telecommuting to the office can be a huge cultural shock.
With this in mind, Lensstore has teamed up with psychotherapist Sarah Lee counselor Hillary Sims to provide tips on how to avoid distractions and stay focused when working in an office setting.
Why It’s Hard to Concentrate When You Come Back to the Office
Changes in daily life can be uncomfortable for many people, so you can expect to need to get used to returning to the office, even if it used to be a routine. If you’re used to working at a relatively quiet table, returning to an open office where the phone rings and you hear a lot of conversation at once can be daunting.
As many people still work remotely and hybrid work becomes more and more popular, we may need to rethink how we organize our workday. People are expected to go through periods of more distraction and inability until they get used to the office again. Some people always find it more difficult to work with others, and noise canceling headphones may be a better option.
7 Tips to Improve Your Concentration When Back to the Office
- Link work to energy levels
If you are more awake in the morning, focus on difficult or unwanted tasks when your energy levels are high, leaving easier or shorter tasks until after lunch when your energy is low.
- Consider other aspects of your life outside of work.
If you feel that other areas of your life are out of control, you won’t focus on your work. If you are not sure what to do with these issues, it is best to seek professional help. Treatment is not just for emergencies, it can also help with better coping strategies and emotional well-being.
- Take a break.
Be sure to take a break even for 5 minutes and go out. Make the most of your lunch break whenever possible and make it a priority. Rest allows you to rest and recover.
- Include exercise in your daily life
Exercise has a number of benefits, especially for depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
- Don’t give up everything when someone asks for help
If it doesn’t matter, let them know that you don’t have time right now, but you have time for example this afternoon. That way, you can focus on what you’re doing without having to refocus.
- Goal setting
Keeping a record of exactly what you want to achieve each day can be a constructive way to maintain a schedule and take responsibility for yourself.
- don’t make yourself too hard
It’s important to stay productive throughout the day, but it’s also important to remember that it’s good to talk to your co-workers. Part of working at work is sociable, but it’s about recognizing how much time you’re spending on distractions.