How to Fight Distractions at the Office

How to Fight Distractions at the Office

Being distracted at work can mean the difference between a promotion and getting fired. But it’s something that all of us struggle with. That’s why we’ve compiled the following ways to help you curb your wandering mind.

  • Plan ahead: If you know what your day is going to look like in advance, you’re less likely to daydream or waste time on the Internet. Use the calendar in your phone or email so you can see exactly what you need to accomplish and how much time you can’t afford to waste.
  • Take breaks: If you find yourself drifting off too often, it could be because your brain is tired of focusing on work. Increased productivity doesn’t necessarily come from working more. So take a break! Set a timer on your phone so you’ll know when you need to return to working.
  • Learn why you’re distracted: Figuring out what you’re distracted about can help prevent it from happening in the future. Are you hungry? Store pita chips or granola bars in your desk so you can munch away and get back to work. Are you tired? Make sure you aim to get the same amount of sleep every night. Are you worried about something? Whatever it is, don’t keep it inside. Talking or writing about it will reduce your stress levels and help you get back to work.  
  • Gum: If you feel yourself fading, try chewing some gum. Studies have shown this habit can actually increase your alertness.
  • Get offline: If possible, put all your electronics on airplane mode. That way, you can’t accidentally start online shopping during the workday.
  • Chunk: If you think about how daunting certain tasks are, you’re more likely drift off in the middle of performing them. Chunk big tasks into much smaller subtasks. Not only will you be more motivated to finish them, but you’ll also be less likely to get distracted in the middle.
  • Download an app: If you don’t think you can stop yourself from being distracted, try an app! RescueTime analyzes how you’re wasting time on the Internet so you have a better idea of what you need to work on. Or you can try AntiSocial, which will block any distracting sites for $15.

Enjoyed this? Check out 10 Tips on Being A Good Mentee!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

 

Being distracted at work can mean the difference between a promotion and getting fired. But it’s something that all of us struggle with. That’s why we’ve compiled the following ways to help you curb your wandering mind.

  • Plan ahead: If you know what your day is going to look like in advance, you’re less likely to daydream or waste time on the Internet. Use the calendar in your phone or email so you can see exactly what you need to accomplish and how much time you can’t afford to waste.
  • Take breaks: If you find yourself drifting off too often, it could be because your brain is tired of focusing on work. Increased productivity doesn’t necessarily come from working more. So take a break! Set a timer on your phone so you’ll know when you need to return to working.
  • Learn why you’re distracted: Figuring out what you’re distracted about can help prevent it from happening in the future. Are you hungry? Store pita chips or granola bars in your desk so you can munch away and get back to work. Are you tired? Make sure you aim to get the same amount of sleep every night. Are you worried about something? Whatever it is, don’t keep it inside. Talking or writing about it will reduce your stress levels and help you get back to work.  
  • Gum: If you feel yourself fading, try chewing some gum. Studies have shown this habit can actually increase your alertness.
  • Get offline: If possible, put all your electronics on airplane mode. That way, you can’t accidentally start online shopping during the workday.
  • Chunk: If you think about how daunting certain tasks are, you’re more likely drift off in the middle of performing them. Chunk big tasks into much smaller subtasks. Not only will you be more motivated to finish them, but you’ll also be less likely to get distracted in the middle.
  • Download an app: If you don’t think you can stop yourself from being distracted, try an app! RescueTime analyzes how you’re wasting time on the Internet so you have a better idea of what you need to work on. Or you can try AntiSocial, which will block any distracting sites for $15.

Enjoyed this? Check out 10 Tips on Being A Good Mentee!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

 

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