Top 10 Most Common Distractions At Work

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6. The phone

Even though it might appear convenient to solve some office tasks by talking on the phone, this is only an illusion. Constantly answering non-urgent calls or making calls to deal with your task practically means that you are allowing yourself to be interrupted. In order to solve the problem, the best thing you can do is to set time frames during which you are not taking calls unless they are urgent. Moreover, you can setup a voice mail to inform your callers when they can reach you or when you will be able to get back to them.

 

7. Access to the internet

Because we’re living in an internet dominated age and most companies have taken their business online, the internet connection has become of utmost importance. However, having access to the internet also means a bundle of distractions, especially if you have accounts on social networks. While you think that there is nothing wrong with watching a video on YouTube or checking your friends’ tweets or Facebook posts, statistics say otherwise. More exactly, research shows around $120 millions lost in productivity.

 

8. The cluttered desks and your motivation to work

Having dozens of papers spread around the desk is a disturbing sight that can break even the most motivated employee. First of all, when everything is just laying around carelessly, you will not know where to start. Secondly, even if you do get started you will soon tire of browsing through all papers and identifying the urgent ones that need to come in that day. A solution in this case is to setup various priority folders system.

 

9. You cannot have more than one to-do list

Having one to-do list that you update on a daily basis can help you keep the work organized. However, when you make several lists on the important thing you need to take care of that day, they are no longer useful, but rather a distraction. From a broad perspective, making more than one list means that you are constantly reinventing the priority and urgency level of the tasks. At the same time, having more lists permits you mind to jump around from one thing to another instead of focusing on solving the tasks one by one.

 

10. At times, you can be your own distraction!

Even though you have implemented a great system to keep work organized according to priorities, you may find yourself wandering off. According to organizational psychologists, this usually occurs in people who are bored with what they are doing. If such moments occur rarely, then the best thing you can do is to find and work on a single project that you consider interesting. However, if your mind wanders off regularly, perhaps it is time to consider changing your career.

 

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