Struggling to focus at work is a frustrating feeling, and it can be even more difficult when you have a cancer diagnosis and treatment side effects to deal with, such as chemo brain. Sometimes, the sense of being overwhelmed and distracted by all of the information you are trying to manage can make it seem impossible to concentrate. A recent article on the Daily Muse website shares some great tips to help you sharpen your focus.
Here’s how they break it down:
- Do one thing at a time. Technology and constant emails can be distracting. Try turning off notifications on your email and smartphone; then aim to address one task at a time — and complete it.
- Group tasks together. Instead of bouncing around from project to project, try grouping related tasks together and setting aside time to accomplish the various groups.
- Focus on the present. Try not to let your mind wander to the future or the past; rather, tune in to what is happening here and now.
- Take a break. Breaks are imperative if you want to be productive. We aren’t machines, and we need to reset between tasks. Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime can also help to relieve workplace stress.
Another way to improve your ability to focus is to organize your work area. Sometimes, simply straightening up your space can help clear your head.
For information on going back to work after cancer, click here.
For the full Muse article, click here.