Skip Nav
Best Resume Tips
Job Search
The 5 Elements of an Utterly Irresistible Résumé
Good Questions to Ask During an Interview
Job Search
7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer
How to Use Emotional Intelligence in a Job Interview
Job Search
Activate Your Emotional Intelligence to Nail Your Next Job Interview

How to Concentrate at Work

3 Scientifically Tested Tips to Help You Concentrate at Work

Many people work eight-hour days, and it's easy to get distracted and lose focus at some point. But if you find yourself unable to pay attention and losing out on prime working time, maybe you need to make a few changes. Here are a couple of tips:

Drink water. Researchers at the University of Connecticut did a study on 25 healthy women and found that mild dehydration affects cognition. It affected the mood of the slightly dehydrated women, and they did worse than the control group on tasks that tested for things like concentration, learning, memory, and reasoning. Not drinking enough water can affect your energy level, mood, and concentration, so remember to drink up while you're at work.

Exercise daily. Perhaps your lack of concentration can be due to feeling burned out by your job. Getting your daily dose of exercise is vital for your mental health and can help prevent burnout. A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that job burnout rate and depression were the greatest in those who did not exercise. In fact, the more the participants exercised, the lower the risk of facing work burnout.

Sniff the scent of rosemary. You may want to change your perfume to one that's rosemary-infused. A study by the Northumbria University in the UK, published in the Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology journal, exposed participants to the scent of rosemary while they were performing tasks. Those with higher levels of a rosemary component in their blood performed faster and with more accuracy. Have a rosemary potpourri at your desk to sniff on occasion when you need to clear your mind.

Image Source: Thinkstock
From Our Partners
How to Prepare Yourself For the Week
Does Multitasking Really Work?
Things to Get Rid of to Make You Happy
Free Printable Goal Sheets
Making Extra Income
How to Clean Your House Fast
Easy Ways to Make Money
How to Be Productive at the Office
Travel Photo Ideas
What Should You Throw Away?
Free Printable To-Do Lists
How to Become a Minimalist
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds