Whatever job you do, you probably spend a large portion of your waking hours at work. It might never be your favorite place, but you definitely don’t want it to be somewhere that stresses you out. Anxiety and lack of focus at work can affect productivity and have a secondary effect on your personal life, too.
A Gensler white paper published in 2012 found that the most significant factor in workplace effectiveness is individual focus work – yet focus is the activity that is least effectively supported in the workplace environment. Factors like longer working hours, increasing distractions (tablets, smartphones, and social media), less individual space, and less privacy as offices go open-plan make it harder than ever to stay focused at work.
Experts agree that if you’re more relaxed, you’re more able to focus. Denying yourself relaxation time has an adverse effect on your focus at work, making you less effective, which can increase stress levels and make it even harder to focus, says relaxation and life coach Beth Freschi.
Taking steps to create a peaceful, relaxed working day is a win-win. You’ll be more focused and productive, leading to reduced stress levels and increased job satisfaction. In turn, your employer will appreciate your efforts, which could lead to exciting new career opportunities. Here are some tips to get you started.