Staying Focused at Work
Ever have a hard time staying focused?
Blogger and Pastor, Tim Challies says we need to reject distraction and embrace focus.
A study at the University of California, revealed that office workers have average focused periods of 11 minutes at a time because of constant interruptions.
Millions of dollars are wasted daily along with lost creativity due to employee lack of focus. So what’s a solution?
Recognize where you’re giving into temptation and set up boundaries.
Paul told the Corinthians, “No temptation has overtaken you except what’s common to mankind. And God is faithful; he won’t let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are, he’ll provide a way out so that you can endure it. “
An app like SelfControl or browsers like StayFocused make it more difficult to visit distracting websites. Put your phone away so it takes more time and effort to check it. Turn off all… ALL digital distractions or silence them.
Finally, set a timer for 15 minutes and spend that chunk of time in focused work. Then, give yourself one minute to check your devices, and work for another 15 minutes. Repeat this until 15 minutes is no longer a challenge. Then, lengthen the focused time period.
If co-workers are a distraction, move your desk or go to an empty meeting room. Keep your chatting during lunch or breaks, but avoid needless conversations. Set an example for those you work with by working as unto the Lord.
A job is a responsibility, a privilege that you have been given. And, your employer deserves your best. Ask God for the right attitude so that you can honor Him, and your boss, with your time.
Maybe part of the reason you have trouble focusing is because you don’t really enjoy your job. The majority of people deal with dissatisfaction at work every day. Career Direct is a proven assessment that helps you understand how God has created you to work, and thus, what career would suit you best.