How to distract workplace distractions

‘Distractions, distractions everywhere. How can I get more work done?’

This seems to be the latest hit in the ‘office-culture’ genre. And it has already become a rage among employees. Distractions are everywhere. From the coffee-machine to smartphones, chatty employees and new open work environments, distractions are around every corner at the workplace.

Schedule your day

The first and the most important thing that can help you focus better is to plan your day well in advance. Brian Tracy once said that 1 minute of planning saves 10 minutes in action. It’s true. When you are already prepared for what to do next, the chances of getting distracted are cut down to zero.

Keep calm and take one thing at a time

The more things we take up, the lesser we accomplish. We all fall prey to the urge to attempt numerous things. What we often forget is that the quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time. Rushing into multiple things will do more harm than good.

Use the Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro technique is a simple practice that can help you cut down distractions, focus better and get things done in short bursts. It works like this, you get a break of 5 minutes after working for 25 minutes with full concentration. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about how boring your work is as you only need to focus for 25 minutes.

Learn to say NO to colleagues and friends

If you work in an office, you might have dealt with employees who love to chat every time someone passes by their desk. That 2 minute ‘customary small talk’ often gets extended to 15 minutes or more. The best way to avoid this is to stay away from key areas where he/she lurks around like coffee-machine, printer etc.

Train your brain to focus

Sometimes, distractions aren’t external. Our monkey mind which loves to jump from one thought to another can be the biggest distraction for us. No matter how much you block external stimuli, your own brain can be your biggest enemy at times.

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