In the world of technology, distractions are everywhere. Pinging notifications have a way of popping up on our phones and computers, and then an hour later, we find ourselves trying to remember what it was we were doing in the first place. However, when it comes to staying focused at work, it's just a matter of building good habits that will stand the test of time (or at least get you to the end of the work day). Here are a few tips for focusing amidst the mountain of emails and instant messages that are sure to come your way.
3 Tips for Focusing At Work:
Set specific goals.
Part of the reason we get distracted at all at work is that we are bored or overwhelmed by the task at hand. However, knowing your priorities and setting goals can help minimize any attempt at procrastination. One of the best tips for focusing is proper goal setting. Proper goal setting works best when you break down each goal into reasonable time blocked tasks. Outlining all the steps it will take to accomplish what you want and then giving yourself a time limit for each one will help motivate you to meet your potential and fulfill your deadlines. Make sure the goals you set areSMART; meaning they are specific, measurable, assignable, relevant, and timely. This will ensure that you aren’t overwhelming yourself or wasting time on unattainable projects. Also try tackling the hardest tasks at the beginning of the day when you’re most energized and have loads of time ahead of you, and save the more routine things on your to do list for the end of the day when you’re brain and attention span is winding down. This way you won’t be as stressed or pushed for time on an important project.
It’s important to step back every once in a while, and if you do so regularly, you’ll find yourself less prone to give into the little distractions that present themselves throughout the day because you’ve already taken a break. For example, after spending a period of time hard at work, try rewarding yourself by getting up and walking around, grabbing a cup of coffee, filling up your water bottle, or even eating a mid afternoon treat. You can control the temptation to constantly check emails, social media, and text messages by setting aside a specific about of time in your workday for it. Catch up with your peers during lunch, so you don't find yourself chitchatting at your desk instead of working. It also helps if your work space is somewhat enjoyable. So if you can, listen to background music to pump you up or keep your brain relaxed.
\ When you’re in the office, why not make your devices work for you? Take advantage of the many apps out there that can track your time spent on certain sites, and even block those that you are prone to linger on for too long like YouTube or Facebook. Additionally, consider disabling your phone by turning it on silent, or having calls go directly to voicemail so you’re not interrupted unnecessarily during work hours. Keeping any handheld devices in your bag, or face down on your desk so you can’t see if the screen lights up, will also help prevent you from being pulled off track.
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User Experience design, or UX, is the process of programming websites to better fit the needs of its users. Or otherwise adapting websites to ensure they are user-friendly. A goal for many business owners is to have the format of their website go unnoticed. This may seem counter-intuitive, but more often than not, the general public won’t think about the way in which a website is built unless it is structured poorly. A website should be well organized and function smoothly. When everything works well, the user isn’t thinking about the website itself, rather the content within it. And that should be the goal of any business person; for their customers to focus on the product. Below, we’ve gathered some helpful tips about UX design and how you can use it to elevate your business and better engage with customers.
User Experience Design Tips
Organize based on importance:
Users are most likely to focus on the content that comes first. Have your core mission and goal as a company up front and easily accessible. Your customer should be able to get the majority of necessary information just from spending a couple minutes on your page.
Keep it simple:
Make sure the page length is reasonable. No one wants to scroll through a never ending page of content. UX should be about making the experience enjoyable and efficient. You don't want to make your customers work. One way to simplify is with links. Make them clear and obvious. A user shouldn’t have to click on a link to figure out where it leads. The text should tell them.
Your website should have an overarching theme that is easy to follow. Use similar color schemes on each page and make sure the design doesn't overpower the content.
Today more than ever it is essential to design websites that can be seamlessly translated to mobile devices. When you are working on creating a site, or relaunching, keep in mind how the website will convert to a mobile version.
Above all, keep load times low. Potential clients will leave your site if the information they’re looking for takes too long to load.
Don't try to reinvent the wheel:
All websites, no matter the content, have similarities in design. Users expect aspects such as the search field to always be located in the top right corner of the landing page. They also expect a FAQ page, or a general information page. Don't stray too far from what people are accustomed to. They might be more resistant to consuming the information if it is presented in a strange way. Think from an outsider's perspective:Keep in mind what you would like to see on a website if you were the consumer.
After all, it is about the user’s experience. Even if you may believe that you have the best website, if users are complaining, then it is time for some updates.To learn more about UX, or have other tech related questions, give us a call at (502) 890-7665 today!
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