Tips for Staying Focused in a Cubicle

It is 8 am Monday morning and you sit down on your swivel chair, press the computer “on” button then lean back and fixate your gaze on a 6 inch pile of graphic design projects for today. The chatter around you in other cubicles gradually increases in volume as your co-workers arrive. Now what?
Tips for Staying Focussed in a Cubicle
As with any new job, new week, new day, you have to take some steps to challenge yourself to get on task and stay on task till the job is complete. Simple? Maybe, some days anyway. And for the days when it is not simple, here’s what you do.

Point of Inspiration

Arthington Viaduct at dawn

Your cubicle must be a place of creative energy so on the walls must be what you love most.

  • Your favorite inspirational quote;
  • Your favorite scenery picture;
  • A photo of the person or persons you love the most.

When you are inspired you are creative and when you are creative, you are focused.

Pocket Catalog Your Day

plan your day

It makes the day more palatable if you break down the tasks that you have to do then reward yourself. You can buy a pocket chart at a teacher supply store or you can design it just like you want. You are a graphic designer so use your skills and set up your day.

If you are in business for yourself, you are probably creating graphic design projects for three to five clients at any one time. Make a pocket for each client and, with a book mark size piece of card stock, write exactly what you need to get done for that client. Stick the card stock bookmark in each pocket for each client. Place the pocket chart on your cubicle wall.

Now you can focus on the one thing you are doing rather than remembering what you have to do next, worry about not getting it done or get discouraged because you cannot remember where you are with a certain client. As soon as you finish graphic designed resume for Client A, put a sticker of some kind on it. Cheesy? No, it is not, it is a tool to help keep you focused on your day and the task at hand.

Pick Your Task

The Colorful Library of an Interaction Designer (Juhan Sonin) / 20100423.7D.05887.P1 / SML

Now you are ready to pick your task. The martyr-syndrome people in your life probably said start with the biggest hardest job first and if you can do that, then the rest will be a piece of cake. To keep your focus through the entire 8 hours of the work day, start chopping one branch of the sequoia tree rather than manhandling a 300-foot tree first.

If you create the best graphic design by being able to see outside, create a window view of a typical mountain view, or panoramic ocean view. Set up your environment to first be inspired because if you are inspired you will be creative. With the pocket chart organizer you can put the clutter of the day out of your mind and in the pocket to optimize your graphic design focus.

Contributor: Jennifer Moline writes about freelancing, small business and design for the PsPrint Blog. PsPrint is an online printing solutions company, which you can follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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