- December 16, 2015
- Posted by: Gareth Whalley
- Category: Latest News & Blog
We’ve all been there – sitting at your desk, staring at your screen, trying to gather as much motivation as possible to get the job done. Why is it so difficult sometimes? We’ve put some top tips together to help you get that concentration boost you need…
The perfect temperature
The temperature in the office is hugely important to your concentration. You don’t want to be too hot or too cold because it has its consequences, hence the benefit of having a temperature-controlled office. Too hot and you’re feeling stuffy and stressed out, too cold and you’re finding it impossible to use the keyboard with your fingers frozen. To be able to work to your best, you need to be at a temperature that’s in the middle; a temperature that you, and your colleagues, are comfortable in.
Usually, air conditioning in offices should be set to between 21-23 degrees. Even on the hotter days, you don’t want to go much colder as the difference between inside and outside will be a shock to the body too.
A consistent and controlled temperature in this range has a number of benefits, including:
- A lower risk of sickness bugs shared and passed around the office
- Enhanced performance, putting you in an environment that doesn’t limit you in any way
- Reduces mood swings
- Reduces stress levels that are worsened as a result of working in a hot, stuffy environment
How many times have you heard the phrase ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and never listened to it? Well, you should start. Getting up and eating a good breakfast sets you in good stead for the rest of the day. It means no awkward tummy-rumbling and no countdown for the clock to hit lunchtime, which we all know makes time go much slower. You’ll notice a significant difference in your mood and mindset towards work if you make yourself just a little something in the morning – think filling things like fruit, eggs and oats to help you last until lunch. Don’t forget to keep hydrated with lots of water either!
Cleaning your desk
As much as you say to your boss and colleagues that everything on your desk is ‘organised mess’, you know full well it’s really just ‘mess’. Put a little time aside at the end of every day to go through the papers, notes and whatever other bits and bobs that you have on your desk, and keep it tidy! You won’t believe how much of a difference a clean desk will make. For one, it means less risk of distraction; clear desk, clear mind and all!
One task at a time
Even when your to-do list is coming up to five pages long, it’s important that you concentrate on one task at a time. Attempting to do two or three things at the same time will only mean a distracted and less efficient effort. Multitasking might sound like the most productive way of doing things, but it can actually really slow you down. Focus on one thing at a time and you’ll make your way through that to-do list in a breeze.
To keep your ability to focus on your work going, we recommend fitting in short breaks from time to time. Get up and have a little walk around – go fill up your water bottle, grab a coffee or pop outside for a breather. If you’re at a computer all day, there are a few apps you can use to make sure you get the regular eye breaks you need. One example is eyeCare, which you can add to your Google Chrome so that it pops up when it’s time to have a look at somewhere else apart from your screen.
Cutting background noise
Maybe it’s the noise of your talkative colleagues, tapping keyboards, a paper jam in the printer, and other general office noise that’s ruining your concentration. There’s an easy way to amend that, too. Try cancelling out those kinds of sounds with some more ambient background noise with headphones. There are lots of apps out there that you can download to your phone, tablet or desktop that offer relaxing sounds that will aid your concentration.
Whilst most of this is down to you, at Sovereign – the premier air conditioning and mechanical company – we can most definitely help you with the air conditioning in your office or at home. We pride ourselves on our bespoke air con systems that best suit the client and client’s needs. Get in touch today to find out what we can do for you.
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