Raise your hand if you ever get off track when you’re at work. I’m guilty of this, but the truth is it’s hard to avoid distractions at work.
Distractions are everywhere–smartphones, computers, co-workers, food, the list can go on. But if these distractions are getting in the way of your work, it’s time to put a stop to it. Here are my tips for avoiding distractions at work.
1. Turn Off Social Media Notifications When You’re At Work
Since the inception of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the other social media apps, work productivity has dwindled. Do not be a statistic yourself.
It will not be a pleasant sight when your boss comes for the work that you were assigned in the morning and finds it incomplete. Chatting, liking that post or even poking your friend makes you more distracted and no work is accomplished.
When you get to the workplace switch off your social media notifications or put them on silence. It will bring no harm to you if you check your notifications during coffee breaks, lunch breaks or at the end of the day.
2. Plan Out Your Meals For the Work Day
Working on an empty stomach is not productive. You’ll be so focused on your next meal, that you won’t have all your attention directed on your work.
If you pack a well balanced, healthy lunch and snacks it will definitely help you stay focused and avoid distractions.
Not only will this save you time during your lunch break, but the healthy meal that you’ve prepared will help you stay focused.
3. Prioritize Your Work Load For the Work Day
That project has to be completed before noon, this one before lunch break, this…let’s face it your work load can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.
You can start to feel a little frantic, rushing from one activity to the next without really feeling like you’re accomplishing anything. You work a little on this project then jump to the next one. This will not help at all.
Your best bet is to relax and plan ahead if you really want to get stuff done. Prioritize your tasks and create a to-do list in order to keep track of what you need to accomplish and what you’ve completed.
When you take this approach you will find that you complete the work at an even faster rate.
4. Cut Back on Socializing in the Office
You may be really close with some of your coworkers at work which is great! Many aren’t so lucky. But getting along too well with your coworkers can be a bit of a distraction at the office.
Instead of focusing on your work you’ve spent the morning talking about the game last night or the latest episode of your favorite TV show. We’re not saying you can’t talk with your coworkers, but you should try to limit how much time you spending socializing at work.
So how do you cut back without being rude to your work colleagues? Spend a couple moments in the morning greeting everyone.
Before you engage in any conversation sent a timer on your phone, once it goes off, tell everyone it’s a phone call / important message that you can to take and then proceed to your daily work tasks.
This way you get to talk with others but still get back to work without hurting anyone’s feelings.
Distractions at Work Are a Thing of The Past
Avoiding distractions at work can be tricky. But it’s not impossible. Follow some of these tips and see for yourself. You’ll definitely notice an improvement in your productivity and work performance.