Lakewood Group shares some techniques for dealing with workplace distractions.
The coffee machine broke. Your cubicle neighbor has a new story about their cat. No matter how much you love what you do, nobody is immune to the inevitable interruptions that arise throughout the workday. You have big dreams and you’re willing to work hard for them, but the unfortunate truth is that you often lose a few of those precious hours of productivity to random diversions. But the show must go on, those budgets aren’t going to itemize themselves! Your friends here at Lakewood Group have rounded up a list of 3 of our favorite methods for dealing with distractions so that you can stay focused and productive during the nine to five.
1) Schedule your work breaks
Okay, so transforming your office into a zero distraction zone may be an unrealistic expectation. Minimizing diversions is less about eradicating them entirely and more about figuring out how to control them. Give yourself a 5-10 minute break every hour or so to do whatever you want—scroll through social media, gossip at the water cooler, etc. When something calls your attention away from the task at hand, remind yourself that you have a break coming up within the hour and get back to work!
2) Put emailing on your to-do list
Modern technology has made it a little too easy to be in constant communication with everyone around us. We’ve all been there before: you’ve just found your focus and you’re plugging away at a project when that cheerful ding from your inbox disturbs your productivity. You instantly open up your email, because it’s probably something super important, right? Just like that, your concentration evaporates. Turn off your desktop and mobile email notifications and reserve checking and responding to emails as a task to be completed two or three times a day. You can even set up an automatic response instructing people who email you outside of the designated times to call you for any urgent communications.
3) Download a social media blocker
We live in an era of social media. Whether you navigate to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, etc each time you get a new notification or you habitually open and refresh the apps on your phone without prompting, you’re not alone. Luckily, the solution is relatively simple. There is a host of anti-social media apps and internet browser extensions that can help you to avoid distracting websites during your work hours. The majority of these simply prevent you from using a list of websites or apps that you choose for an amount of time which you set. Each time you try to load one of the selected URLs or applications during the timeframe, your phone or internet browser blocks the action.
Try out a few of these techniques during your next day in the office!
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