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How do you re-focus on your work when your mind wants to wander? Any tips & tricks from reformed procrastinators?”

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  • If I'm distracted by something that needs to be done (that's not job related) I just do it and get it off my mind. If I'm just generally having a focus issue, I will usually take a "lap" around the office, checking in with co-workers on various projects we're working on together. It's productive, but the activity is a nice break to get me focused when I'm back at my desk.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by BrendaG on 1st October 2009

  • i find when I am having trouble focusing, it is because I haven't committed myself to finish a specific task. My brain is trying to decide what it should work on next, so it bounces back and forth.

    This is when I take a 5 min break. Grab a snack or a glass of water to rejuvenate. While I'm taking my break I decide what task it is that I really want to get done. When I get back to work, I force myself to stick to that one task with allowing for any interrruptions. Once I set my mind to doing a particular thing, I become much more focused.

    Also, I don't have caffeine very often; therefore, when I do have coffee, my mind becomes very productive. I find that when I'm having trouble focusing one day, I might grab a cup of coffee. My mind becomes very focused then! Caffeine is great when you aren't used to it every day.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kimberly Reddington on 22nd September 2009

  • I set my stop watch for 10 nibutes and force myself to stay with the task for that time. Then I do something I like for 10 minutes. Next, I go back to work with the timer on. You can do anything for 10 minutes

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Carla Fair-Wright on 21st September 2009

  • Sometimes I stand up and do 100 jumping jacks. Most of the time, though - like right now - I give in and take a few minutes to do some online reading, then go back. I struggle with this all the time, and it's good to know other people do too. I hope someone comes along with a really good answer!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jesse on 20th September 2009

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