You have no shortage of work on your plate, but honestly, you haven’t been that productive lately. At the end of most workdays you feel frustrated because you know you could’ve accomplished more.
As a naturally ambitious, hard-working person you’re ready to get out of your slump and really get to work. Here are a few tips to help you regain your focus so you can be proud of all you’ve accomplished at the end of the workday.
4 Ways to Avoid Distractions in the Workplace
Identify Top Disruptions
You might be faced with many distractions each day, but there are probably a few that stand out from the rest. If you’re not sure what these are, carefully monitor your behavior at work to see what is causing you to fall off track the most — i.e., constantly checking your smartphone, coworkers frequently stopping by your desk to chat, or regular commotion around your desk that makes it hard to concentrate.
When you’re able to recognize exactly what is causing the most disruptions throughout your workday, you can work to minimize them.
Schedule Your Time
Some tasks require much more concentration than others. Boost your productivity levels by scheduling blocks of time on your calendar each day for uninterrupted work. Turn off email notifications, put your smartphone away, and politely ask colleagues who stop by your desk to come back later during these time periods. Prepare to be amazed at how much you can accomplish by putting your head down and working.
Get Away From Your Desk
In theory, your desk should be the place where you do your best work, but that isn’t always the case. If you’re located in a cubicle or an open floor plan, it’s very easy to get distracted by noise and interruptions from coworkers. Avoid this by scheduling time to work in a conference room or another quiet spot in the office. This will allow you to accomplish more in less time and the change of scenery can also enhance your creativity.
Let Colleagues in on Your Plan
Your coworkers want you to succeed, but they can’t do their part to help unless you loop them into your strategy. When you’ve devised your newfound approach to productivity, let them know you won’t be quite as readily available — in person and via email — because you’re trying to limit distractions. This will allow them to do their part to help.
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