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4 Tips for Better Work Concentration

Mondays are the worst day of the week for 99.6% of the working world. Coworkers are meaner, the coffee’s always burnt, your inbox is overflowing and Eddie, down the hall, insists on the most graphic descriptions possible of his “vacation” in Tijuana. Awesome, Eddie – can’t wait to see your photos in the company newsletter. It’s a wonder anyone can get any work done, but work we must and that’s why it’s important to be able to focus; to block out Eddie’s bragging, avoid the office ogres and remember to pick up coffee on the way in. Of course, not all of us suffer from the same Monday malaise, but we can all benefit from tricks to help us get through the worst of it. <strong>Tip #1: Stretch it out.  </strong> Scientists concluded long ago that sitting for long periods of time is bad for you – very bad for you. It interrupts blood flow, compresses joints and weakens muscles, basically sucking out your life force faster than your boss ever could. Keep it loose and help blood find its way into your gray matter by getting up to walk around. You can do office calisthenics if that’s your thing, but what’s important is that you get up frequently to stretch and give your brain time to wade into the workweek. <strong>Tip #2: Reduce clutter.</strong> This is a physical as well as a mental requirement. Clutter in your workspace (even if that’s just your way of doing things) siphons your attention away from the job at hand. Free your mind by freeing up the space in your work area. Reduce clutter in your mind by practicing your ability to prioritize and organize. Recent studies show that very few people can effectively multitask – they can do multiple jobs at once, but oftentimes not very well. Try figuring out what your most immediate and important tasks are, and complete them in order from most to least important. <strong>Tip #3: Get comfy.</strong> Ergonomics is more than a New Age fad; it’s a real thing that impacts work efficiency. Do what you can to get yourself into an <a title="Office Chairs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/office-chairs_1105.html?page=1" target="_blank">office chair</a> that helps you to sit up straight. Keep what you need within easy reach and try not to slouch or hunch while you work. Try repositioning your keyboard to nudge you in the right direction. Assuming a position of poor posture will cause your muscles to involuntarily flex to protect joints, which will cause your shoulders to round and your neck to kink up. Not many people have heard the backstory, but Quasimodo used to work in an office before he became the bell-ringer at Notre Dame … <strong>Tip #4: Soothe your soul.</strong> Cube City can be a desperate and desolate place, and even home offices can suffer from a lack of personalization. The balance between inspiration and distraction is a delicate one, but achieving it will increase your work experience and improve your output. Family pictures, art and <a title="Sports Memorabilia " href="http://www.atgstores.com/sports-gifts-collectables_3750.html" target="_blank">sports memorabilia</a> are standard; a dartboard featuring Eddie’s face may be too much of a diversion. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you get the most out of your Monday.
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