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How to Avoid Distractions at Work


Distraction exists everywhere; the battle to focus is getting more difficult. No thanks to instant notifications from social media pages, emails, and Instant messaging sites, they are making it more difficult for people to focus on work.

These distractions are leaving us less productive. Research has it that an average employee gets interrupted for close to 50 to 60 times a day and 80% of those distractions are unnecessary.

In a report, the American Institute of Stress says that these distractions are major contributions to stress at work. It is easy to see distractions as norms because of how we now work, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

If these distractions are not checked, they will lead to poor productivity and avoidable mistakes. Distraction can be internal and external. Internal distractions come from your phone apps and mind while an external distraction may be sounds from the speaker of someone working close to you.

This article provides you with useful suggestions on things you can to avoid distractions at work.

Write Down your schedule.

Before you start working, write down the things you plan to achieve before the end of the day. When you have a road map. It will be easy to knockoff things that are trying to take you off course.

Having your day’s task written down focuses your energy on critical majors and keeps you organized. You may consider getting an accountability partner or productivity apps on play store if you find it difficult to stick to your schedule.

Block Out all Distractions

Put your phone on airplane mode at a certain time of the day, preferably during your peak periods to limit distraction to the barest minimum. Work is not fun. Work is work. It is not possible to get serious work done while you are watching Netflix or surfing the internet.

Some plugins and browser extensions have been developed to help you block out notifications from social media for those who work on the PC.
Depending on your work environment, if people easily bump into your workspace when you are doing serious works, you may need to put on the ‘Do not Disturb’ sign.

Focus on One Thing at a Time

Multitasking is a myth. It is almost impossible to give your best to a task you are not focused on. Over the years, we have been told that the best way to get things done quickly is to do many things at a time. This is counterproductive, as many found themselves being torn between doing many things and not able to give their best to any of the tasks. The quality of your job weighs more than the number of minutes it takes you to get it done.

Do one thing at a time. Break your list down into order of importance, do the toughest first and the easy ones later. Also, have it at the back of your mind that you don’t have to do it all. Delegate.

Eat Well

You are what you eat. Everyone wants to eat junks or whatever fast food they can lay their hands on, but recognise the danger in eating those foods. Feed your body with balanced diets. Fast foods would give your body a temporary relief. Your body won’t function well if you don’t eat balanced diets.

It is advisable to eat fruits in between foods. If you eat right, your mind will stay coordinated and you won’t get tired easily. You won’t be able to eat when you are lying sick on the hospital bed, feed your body rightly.

Take Breaks and Rest 

Sleep is your body’s natural mode of revitalization. Everyone should have at least seven to nine hours of sleep daily. Avoid things that keep you up when you should observing your bedtime. Having time to rest keeps stress out.

After you have completed a tedious task. Take a break, go for a walk, and take a nap. It refreshes your mind and makes you ready to perform at your peak for the next task.

When your brain is finding it difficult to concentrate on a task and things are getting blurry, take your deserved rest.

Welcome to the new week. Achieve more like never before.