7 Ways To Avoid Distraction In The Workplace
Posted March 1, 2018 in Education
Working in the Legal industry, we are, often times, forced to multi-task. We are on the phone with important clients, responding to emails, dispatching work, invoicing assignments, all within an 8-hour work day (longer for most of us, I’m sure).
In this day and age, technology has evolved our industry and our daily lives. We have email alerts on our computers and our smart phones, text messages coming in, and social media alerts popping up on our screens. This is both a blessing and a curse. We are now more accessible than ever, and all of this is distracting you from your current task.
According to sociologist Judy Wajcman,
70 percent of emails received are attended to within six seconds of arrival in our in-box. That statistic to me is staggering.
Here are some suggestions worth trying to help refocus and be your most efficient self:
- Turn off the background noise
What you thought was “white noise” from the TV or radio could be a bigger distraction than you realize.
- Have a calming mantra
Post a sign or post-it near your workspace that says something along the lines of “quiet mind.” That will be your signal to take a deep breath and try to relax.
- Clean up
Make sure your office or desk is orderly, comfortable and well lit, so you are in the optimal space to be productive.
- Take it one thing at a time
If you feel yourself getting pulled in different directions, just stop and focus on one task until it’s completed.
- Switch off your cell phone
Or if you can’t turn off your ringer for whatever reason, shut off the tweet/text/e-mail alerts, especially if you know you jump every time you hear it.
- Take a break
Go through your to-do list and prioritize. Ask yourself, does this really need to get done today or can I do it tomorrow?
- Use the Internet sparingly
If you know you’ll only need it for a specific bit of research, get it out of the way and then unplug while you do the rest of your work. This will help you avoid the urge to go down a browsing rabbit hole.