How many times have you said “OK, let’s work!” and then got immediately stopped by an email, a phone call, a Facebook notification, a person walking through the door, or all of these at the same time? Don’t worry: we feel your pain.
Every day we are surrounded by distractions. Colours, sounds, notifications… It’s incredibly difficult to find a moment of peace to just focus, and even more if you work in an open-space or simply an overcrowded office.
Distractions are not just annoying. They are costly in terms of productivity and time. Studies have shown that on average we spend 2.1 hours a day taking care of distractions. When we get diverted from the task we were working on, it takes an average of 25 minutes for our brain to re-focus.
Some suggest that noise is the first to blame for lost productivity. So one would think that working in total silence might be the number one solution to focus. Is it? Not quite.
On the one end, noise is distracting and creates stress. Interruptions keep our mind from what is important and it is very difficult to restart on the task we were working on.
But in some cases, total silence can be counter-productive because anything can distract us: from a car passing by, to a door slamming, to even the ticking of a clock.
Besides, noise is not the only culprit, is it? Notifications can pop out at any minute even without making noise. Even a picture on the wall can be distracting at times!
How can we escape the omnipresent distractions surrounding us and disrupting our work?
Here are a few tips and tricks you could try:
Occasionally, it’s perfectly OK to let our mind zoom out and wander, especially when you do creative work: it’s when you have to get tasks done that requires avoiding distractions at all costs.
These are the tips we shared with you: now, it is up to you to find your “Productivity zone” and get more things done!
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