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Trouble focusing at work.

C Martin

Joined: Aug 30, 2013
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I have trouble focusing at work. I really like the project I'm working on, but I can't seem to focus. I just sort of space out for large chunks of time. There are many days where I get little to no work done.

The strange thing is that I get a lot done when I'm at home in far less time. I can't figure out why. My office is much quiter, and has less distractions. I do like my keyboard at home a lot more, but I doubt that's the reason.

My employers say that I'm doing a great job. I really wish I could get more done at work so I wouldn't have to work when I should be relaxing.

Can anybody help? Is this a common situation? FWIW this is my first job out of school and I've been here for about a year.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

Some people are more productive in different settings. Does your employer allow telecommuting? Maybe you could work for a full day at home once or twice a week. That doesn't help solve the problem but no harm in benefiting.

When you say your office is quieter, you mean the work office or the home office? Can you make the work office more like the home office? Noise canceling headset or a headset with music perhaps?

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Jaikiran Pai

Joined: Jul 20, 2005
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

The strange thing is that I get a lot done when I'm at home in far less time.

How often do you work from home compared to working from the office? Sometimes, it's just the change in surroundings that can contribute to an increased productivity. Like Jeanne says, you could perhaps check with your office and see if they allow you to work from home more often. That would also give you an idea whether working from home over an extended period of time starts showing the same issues like feeling a loss in productivity.

I really wish I could get more done at work so I wouldn't have to work when I should be relaxing.

Reading this statement, it looks like when you say you work from home sometimes, you mean you work in your spare time while at home. Is that the case? If so, maybe it's just the work hours that you need rethink about perhaps? For example, in one of my previous jobs, while working from office, I would be least productive during most of the day/noon. It's only during the evenings (when it was almost time to head home in a few hours) that I would feel most productive and start feeling like I've "settled down" for getting my work done for that day and when it was time to head home I used to wish I could continue working from home a few more hours in my "spare time". My next job has been much more flexible in terms of my work hours and I now have a better control on how I manage my day and what hours during my day to mark as my "spare time" and what hours to mark as "work time" and that has helped a lot.

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