Do you find yourself struggling to focus at work? Tiredness can make us all feel less productive and unable to concentrate. Whilst this is fine once in a blue moon if you’re regularly not feeling up to the job you need to consider what’s causing your loss of focus. It could be the job itself that’s the problem, the amount of sleep you're getting, or even your home life. Take a look at these common causes of the job blues and see which applies to you, and what you can do about it...
Get a Good Night Sleep
This is the cornerstone of any successful day at work, and it starts the night before. How often did our parents used to tell us we needed to get a good night's sleep? Well, turns out, they were onto something! You can’t just go to bed at the same time and expect a good consistent quality of sleep.
First of all, you have to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to sleep. Seven hours a night should be fine for most adults, and it increases for younger people. Keep in mind the fact that you won’t fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow either. Give yourself enough time to have seven uninterrupted hours of sleep each night.
Consistency and comfort are also important when ensuring good quality rest each night. Try and go to bed at the same time every night. In time this will help to alert your body that it’s time to stop. Also, keep your bedtime ritual the same each night. If that means reading for an hour, having a shower, then going to bed, great- stick at it! The better your routine is the easier it is to sleep. That’s where comfort comes into it. Make sure your bedroom is somewhere you actually want to sleep. This sounds obvious but is very important. If your room is cluttered and messy, your mind will take on that stress. A clean, quiet, comfortable space is best. Get comfortable bed linen and pajamas too.
Finally, turn off all electrical items about an hour before going to bed. This includes the television and your phone. Our electricals can keep us up and cause fatigue. Plus they keep us worrying about a whole variety of things. Do some quiet reading, chatting, or have a bath before bed instead.
The Kids Are Alright
Another big factor for focussing at work is your home life. Our home life can creep into all aspects of our lives and distract us. Usually, this isn’t a bad thing, but if things aren’t going well at home this could be causing you to lose focus at work. Whatever the problem is, unruly kids, unhelpful partner, you need to identify it and deal with it. Your job could be compromised otherwise.
If your kids are refusing to go to school, and it’s impacting your life, there's some great information on this website: http://www.compasshealthcenter.net//psychiatric-programs/school-refusal-partial-hospitalization-program-php/. Find out why your child is reluctant to go to school and get him or her help. You’ll soon see that once your home life is back on track it's easier to focus at work. Make sure you’re mornings and evenings go smoothly. In the evening it’s important you get a good night's sleep. So make sure any arguments, tension or ongoing problems are dealt with before bed. Similarly in the morning be as positive and productive as possible. This will set you up for your day at work.