1 Step To Improve Focus, Energy & Productivity Quickly

Published: May 27, 2014
By: Faye Hollands

A change is as good as a holiday they say, which is pretty handy if you’ve run out of vacation time!  Some of us love change, others resist it, but there’s no denying the positive effects it can have when managed well.   So if you’re feeling a little lack-luster and craving some time off, don’t panic –  there’s a quick and simple way to refresh the professional-you and increase your energy levels quickly without having to go anywhere…

Quick Overhaul

Your physical environment is a really important factor when it comes to success.  It doesn’t matter whether your desk is a dump or something out of a Vogue magazine, if the space around you saps you of energy and doesn’t support how you like to work then you’re in trouble.

When you set your surroundings up to help, not hinder, your goals and objectives you can significantly improve your level of focus, motivation and productivity.   That in turns ramps up the level of job satisfaction you have, and how fulfilled you are personally and professionally.  It’s a big snowball effect that starts with something seemingly very small.

So when you’re in need of a break but don’t have the time or capacity to take one, there’s a simple way to give yourself a refresher – embrace a little change and overhaul your surroundings.  Consider these 4 key areas: –

  • Desk: Is it cluttered, messy and disorganised?  Get filing and sorting, buy some new stationary to make your desk look nice, and organise the things you need most so that you can easily find them.  Throw out what you don’t need.
  • Office: Is it dirty, cold, dark and cluttered?  It doesn’t take much to lighten things up, put stuff away, and brighten the mood.  Move your furniture around, buy a cheap lamp, get a heater, and put a picture or motivational quote up.
  • Technology: Is your inbox or hard-drive overloaded?  Working on a slow computer is frustrating, using a phone that crackles is plain annoying, and constantly having to un-jam a printer is soul-destroying!  Get them fixed – you’ll feel SO much better for it!
  • People: Are you sitting next to Negative Nelly or the office gossip?  We become a reflection of the 5 people we spend most of our time with so try and instigate a reshuffle and surround yourself with uplifting and focused people.

It’s surprising how some relatively small changes really can overhaul the way you feel at work, and the level of energy and focus you have.  So if you’re feeling a bit burnt out right now, or just in need of a booster, block out an hour or two in your diary this week and dedicate some quality time to your environment – you’ll come back a much more focused person as a result.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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