While a clerical job can be monotonous, accurate data entry is key to a company's bottom line and to making you look good. However, even the best offices are rife with obstacles to effective and accurate data entry. If your job requires long stretches at a computer inputting data, take some preventative measures to ensure that you are getting the job done with the highest level of accuracy possible.
Practice typing speed and accuracy with online typing tests and games. Not only will games such as these improve your typing speed, they'll also track your accuracy.
Reduce distractions. All offices come with their fair share of interruptions. While gossiping may be enjoyable, taking frequent breaks from a data entry job forces you to start over every time you sit back down. That can lead to redundancies and mistakes. Put on headphones while performing data entry. Even if you do not listen to music, you can shut out ambient noise and signal to coworkers that you are not to be disturbed.
Find a comfortable chair. Data entry requires you to sit in front of a computer for long stretches of time. Worrying about that pain in your back from an uncomfortable chair reduces your focus just as much as office interruptions. Petition your company for a more comfortable chair if you are unable to procure one on your own.