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6 Tips to Stay Focused Throughout the Week

By Team TOK

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1.  Write to-dos on a piece of paper

Taking out an old-fashioned notepad and jotting down your weekly to-do list can dramatically improve your productivity throughout the week. The physical act of writing improves your memory and, without any technological distractions, it’s harder for your mind to stray away. Keep your list visible at all times on your desk and cross items off as you complete them. Nothing is more satisfying than having everything done at the end of the week. Consider your scribbled-on notepaper a trophy of accomplishment.

 

2. Prioritise your to-do list

You don’t have superpowers and you’re only one person. Studies from the University of Sussex on multitasking have proven that quality of work declines significantly when trying to do too many things at once and can even cause brain damage. So, instead of overloading your agenda with unimportant tasks, delegate some (if possible) and prioritize each project by importance and urgency.

 

3. Use free apps and tools track progress

In this digital era, free productivity tools like Asana and Trello are readily available online. Although we still believe writing down lists on paper is very effective, collaborative project Easily manage your schedule and assign tasks to teammates with Asana. Similarly, Trello allows you to build personal to-do lists and make project boards that integrate with Slack to share statuses with coworkers. This not only keeps you on track, but it also improves communication and productivity. You can move cards from “to-do” to “in progress” to “done” and do a little happy dance when everything is completed on Friday!

 

4. Take a quick walk if you feel stuck

Nothing refreshes your mind more than stepping away from your desk. It may feel counterproductive at first to drop what you’re doing but when you’re stuck in a rut, it’s the best thing you can do. A quick walk can significantly boost blood flow to the brain after sitting at your desk all day. When you come back to your desk, you’ll be ready to tackle the project again.

 

5. Turn off distractions

All day you receive notifications from your phone that are hard to ignore. On top of that, scrolling through social media always seems a lot more fun than what you’re working on. These are common issues in the workplace but, there are ways to beat them. If you find yourself spending too much time on your iPhone, go to your settings. The latest iOS software will have a “Screen Time” section. Click that, and schedule downtime during prime work hours (typically between 9 – 1 and 3 – 5). You can even restrict the time spent on specific apps if you feel that one, in particular, is causing you to lose focus.

 

6. Don’t overdo it

As we mentioned in the second tip, you’re only one person. Don’t produce added stress for yourself by taking on more than you can handle. You will likely burn yourself out by Tuesday afternoon and put your entire workload at risk from not being accomplished. Try timing yourself to see how long it takes to complete weekly tasks and optimize your schedule based on those results.

 

About our Guest Blogger…

Lolita Petrossov

CEO & Founder, Evestar

A seasoned entrepreneur, Lolita is the co-founder of JetSmarter, a private aviation booking platform, developing the brand from scratch to a “unicorn” startup. As the former COO at JetSmarter, Lolita led many initiatives to drive sales and marketing performance during her tenure. She has since founded Evestar, a South Florida based marketing agency that is determined to help under-pressure, funded companies find scalable growth.

 

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