Staying focused during a work meeting may be difficult-especially if the topic does not particularly interest you. However, with the right approach, meetings can be less boring. Here are a few key items to pay attention to:
Try your best to have a good night’s sleep. A research by Hult International Business School shows that sleep deficit may affect your mood, health, judgment, and many other aspects of your life.
Avoid working while you are hungry, as it is a powerful distraction. Hunger often makes people more irritated, less productive, and (of course), less focused, so make sure you eat before it is time to work, and keep healthy snacks around just in case.
The easiest way to make yourself focus is to take notes. If you are able to use a pen and paper instead of an electronic device, it may help even more, too. A research by Japanese scientists suggests that using a pen and paper improves memory retention, which means that other than focusing on what is being said, you would have an easier time memorizing it as well.\
Make sure you have calls and notifications silenced, unnecessary browser tabs and windows closed, and anything else that may serve as a potential distraction out of the way. If it is the background noises that are distracting you, a pair of headphones that have the closed-back design or active noise canceling may just be a worthwhile investment.
Participate in the meeting as much as you can, i.e., ask questions. This should help you stay focused, and it will show others that you care about what they are saying.
We hope you find these tips useful, and if you have any tips of your own you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment!