5 Tips to Get Organised and Focused This Year
Staying organised and focused can be a challenge, especially in today's fast-paced world where there are so many distractions and demands coming at us from all directions, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything and maintain your focus.
We can naturally slip into multitasking mode to fit it all in, but maybe this isn’t the answer.
Concentrating on one task at a time, and being organised and focused can help increase your productivity and help you achieve your goals more efficiently. There are many different strategies and tools that can help you organise and manage your daily tasks.
We outline five tips and tools to help you stay focused, on track, and achieve your goals this year.
Whether you're a teacher hoping to streamline your lesson planning, manage your time more effectively, or simply reduce stress; or personally you're looking to improve your productivity or professionally boost your success, these tips can help you stay on track and succeed in your work this year.
Let’s take a closer look at how these tips and tools might be the solution to feeling more productive and helping to take care of your mental health at the same time…
How do I improve my focus and be more organised?
1. Keep a to-do list handy
- We all get unexpected interruptions when we are working – from messaging colleagues or great ideas that suddenly pop into our heads – and these can derail us. By keeping a handy to-do list nearby we can quickly jot down these things for review at a later time allowing us to focus on the current task at hand. We have plenty of notebooks and notepads to choose from to keep on your desktop.
2. Timescale your priorities
- Block out time in your diary or calendar with your priorities for the day and during this time only focus on that task. If this is hard because you’re working in a shared living space, why not take your laptop (or a good old-fashioned paper notepad – we sell plenty of these!) to a room where you can close the door and get away from distractions around the home?
3. Turn off notifications
- It’s so easy to become a notification junkie, checking our emails and messages as they ping (just in case we are missing something important!). Why not set aside a time of day to check these when it suits you? That way you are more likely to complete your current task more efficiently and effectively rather than head off in a different direction.
4. Build-in breaks
- If you spend too long on any task you’ll start to lose focus and productivity. This is where planning in breaks can help lots – stand up, have a stretch, walk around, or head to the kitchen for a glass of water (great for rehydrating and restoring energy). If it helps, set an alarm to remind you when it’s time for a break. Most of us can probably remember from our school revision days that 40-45 minute sessions were recommended for maximum focus!
5. Switch off at the end of the day
- It’s easier to stay logged on when you are working from home, but try to switch off when your working day is done to focus on time with your family, relax, self-care, or do some daily exercise. By sticking to a routine and dedicating this time to you and your loved ones, you can start to set boundaries and balance your work-home life to suit you.
And there you have it!
Be realistic about what you can achieve given the circumstances, and relax when your work is done.
Why not use a Desk Pad to help organise your schedule?
It's handy for mapping out daily and weekly to-do lists as things get busy and is also available to buy in its original supersized A3 Planner Desk Pad format.