Working while at work is a fairly simple concept right? You go to work to work and there should be no ifs, ands or buts about it. As we all know it’s not as easy or as simple as it sounds. Most workplaces are filled with distractions. If it’s not the actual environment it’s all the things that come with it. We’re all so plugged in that it’s nearly impossible to focus long enough to…I don’t know… finish this post.
We challenge everyone out there to take control of your lives and stop giving into anything and everything that can be a distraction. What you’re really doing is giving yourself more stress and that’s bad for both your physical and mental health. Below is a list of distractions and how to defeat them.
Text messages - For some reason it’s not necessary to follow social etiquette via text. People know you’re at work, and they know they shouldn’t be bothering you, but they do it anyway because “It’s only a text”. We say No More! Go in to your phone settings and turn off the alerts for text messages then put your phone somewhere just out of normal reach. If it rings, you’ll still be able to hear it and get to but you won’t know whether or not you’re getting a text every 10 minutes. (We also highly recommend making all of the push notifications from your apps silent)
Email - Have you ever had a day where you feel like all you did was write and respond to email? It happens to the best of us, but not anymore. From now on you’re going to check your email every few hours. Once before you start the day, once when you get a stopping point around mid morning, once when you get back from lunch and one last time about an hour and a half before you leave. We have a subconscious voice telling us to respond to every email we get as soon as possible. In reality, if you respond within 12 hours you’re a rockstar.
Office Chit Chat - Don’t get us wrong, collaboration is a beautiful thing but it’s easy to lose large chunks of time to a discussion about taxes, sports or your kids. If you have close friends at work you like to talk to about all the details of your life you should schedule a lunch date. It’s not just the 10-20 minutes these conversations take up that’s the problem, it’s the fact that you lose complete track of what you were doing or what you were going to do. Basically stopping and productive momentum you had built up.
Other Productive Habits For 2013
- If you’re allowed, try working for a while with noise canceling headphones and your favorite music.
- Take a quick lap around the building or up and down the stairs to get your blood pumping.
- Take a day to work from somewhere no one can find you.
- Take a day off.
- Prioritize your to-do list the night before.
If you’re looking for a little more inspiration for creativity and productivity check out our last post with 20 Shareable Quotes on both.
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