First things first – keep distractions at bay. If you’re at work, persistent emails and casual conversations with colleagues can distract you from the real work that needs your attention. Worse, if you’re a fond user of the Internet and social media, you may end up wasting precious time just scrolling away. Studies have shown that when you’re distracted, it can take you up to 21 minutes to regain your focus.
So, start training yourself to be oblivious to everything around you if you want to stay focused. Keep unnecessary work conversations for lunchtime chatter. Check and reply to emails only at certain intervals so you can concentrate on completing tasks. And put your phone on ‘silent’ or check it only when there’s an incoming call.