Surgeons reveal 5 ways to stay focused at work

Surgeons reveal 5 ways to stay focused at work

Everyone is guilty of procrastinating once in a while – scrolling though Facebook or sending a text. But in some jobs, diversions are not an option.

There are few people in the world more focused on their work than surgeons. For these employees, falling prey to distractions or procrastinations could prove deadly.

A recent article in The Independent revealed five methods leading surgeons utilise to keep themselves focused and poised during their working hours.


The Independent spoke to renowned surgeon Dr Jay Graham, who revealed that standing over an operating table for hours on end gives him terrible back pains. He began doing yoga for one hour every morning and suddenly his pains went away.

Graham combines this with a vegan lifestyle and running 30 miles a week.


Buddhist Dr Attasit Chokechanachaisakul, revealed that the way he manages to sustain concentration is through meditation. He explained that this helps him to stay calm and in control, saying if you find yourself “in a bad situation in surgery, you have to be very calm to be able to cope.”

Wear comfortable clothing

Whilst this may not be applicable in a corporate environment, being comfortable at work is integral to performance. Now, no one is suggesting that you come into work in jogging bottoms and a vest, but you can dress relaxed and smart at the same time.

Put the phone down

Some workplaces already enforce this rule, due to our apparent obsession with checking and re-checking our mobile phones. Detox guru, Tanya Goodin, explained exactly why you should be encouraging employees to leave their mobile alone.

“Our phones were designed to help us at work but now they're distracting us from it,” she commented.

“It's estimated we check them over 150 times a day and that's making us unproductive and struggling to focus on one task at a time.”

Listen to music

Whilst this may seem like more of a distraction, listening to calming music can help fine tune the mind. Dr Milan Kinkhabwala, Chief of Transplant Surgery at Montefiore Einstein Centre for Transplantation, told The Independent that he has a 14-hour long playlist, including “The Girl From Ipanema” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.”

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