The technological support available at the workplace could turn into a distraction before you realize it. Constantly checking emails, messages and push notifications can buy into your actual work time.
While small distractions could appear harmless, frequent ones can eventually hamper your overall productivity and sometimes negatively impact your work as well.
Here are a few tips that could help you stay away from distractions at work.
Know what to Prioritize in Your Business Communication
Let’s say you find yourself continually checking emails that pop up on your screen and before you blink half a day is over. The best way to deal with this would be to prioritize the emails that require an early response and consider responding to the others later.
Remember, that communicating over email allows you more time to think and draft your response as compared to a video-chat session with your superior, team or clients.
Avoid using “reply all” unless you are sure that the email is addressed to people who are meant to be kept in the loop.
Turn off the push notifications if you don’t want to get distracted by irrelevant reminders.
Limit Your Texts and Calls
If your workplace uses the instant messaging platform to keep team members connected, consider setting a specific time of the day to go online.
Limiting your phone time at a workplace will help you focus on the goals you intended to achieve at the end of the day. However, if your work environment requires you to be online all the times, set notifications to alert you when you get messages.
Stick to Productive People
Like distraction, the focus is also contagious. Sitting beside productive colleagues can work as an inspiration and reduce chances of being frequently distracted. On the contrary, if there are colleagues prone to distraction and try pulling you as well, try telling them politely that you would join them after completing the task at hand.
Combat Environmental Distractions at Workplace
The random sounds of telephonic conversations, the sound of the printer, random discussions and other sounds around your desk can be distracting and can cause loss of focus. Try not to mind such sounds for example you can consider using headphones or program your mind to ignore the chatter around.
Take a break
While you strive to stay focused at work, it’s equally essential to take work breaks. Such breaks can recharge your mind. Al little face-to-face social time is a healthy way to rewire the brain cells and motivate you to take up the next task on your list.
You can time your breaks. For, instance, a coffee break can be motivating, talk to a workmate.
Incorporate Flexibility in Your Work Schedule
Repetitive tasks and the same environment can kill the excitement and energy that you initially started with. In such cases, you could try introducing a few basic changes in your work environment. Once in a while, you can work from a different setting if the options are available. For instance adding or removing some things from your work area.
Allocate Time for Every Piece of Work
It might sound repetitive, but there’s nothing that is as wise as creating a timeline for deliverables when it comes to achieving targets at work. Whether you are at a desk job or running around to meet clients all day, keep track of the time you devote to every task.
Finishing work when it seems easiest is the trick to success as it could motivate you with the feeling of having achieved more in a day, thus keeping distractions at bay. Don’t let work pile up as it could end up becoming the biggest cause of distraction.
Manage Conflicts at the Workplace
Conflicts at the workplace can be annoying and yes, very much distracting. It isn’t easy to deal with conflicts and unresolved situations can worsen it. They might keep playing in mind making it difficult to concentrate. Try to avoid things which don’t add up like gossiping.
Remember, not only do distractions reduce your productivity but can be a cause of stress.