Productivity at work is something all of us grapple with in this era of super fast internet. When a cute kitten video is just a mouse-click away, it is hard to stay focused on your task. But when deadlines speed by and work keeps spilling over to the next day, it is time we did something about it. Here are seven simple ways to cut distractions at work and be at your productive best.
Imagine a cluttered desk and an organised one. Which one puts you at ease? Undoubtedly it is the clean one. Puts those stray papers away and stack your books! The more organised you are outside, the calmer you are inside. It is somehow easier to concentrate and get clarity if your workstation is cleaner.
Before you start, keep your water bottle, food and stationery at arm’s reach. This way, you don't have to get up each time you need something. Precious minutes can be saved with this little move.
Every time the phone rings or vibrates, we get a little jumpy. Either switch it off or put it away till you finish your work. Switching off your internet data for a while will also help keep those pesky social media notifications away.
Write down a calming phrase or a mantra on a Post-it note and stick it on the side of your computer screen. Each time you feel stressed, look at it and calm down immediately.
Use your headphones. But instead of listening to fast numbers, try listening to soft white noise instead. It effectively cuts drowns all the background noises to put you in a calm, trance-like state. So while your co-workers chat away, you could concentrate exclusively on your work without having to shush them rudely.
Put up a sign to keep your co-workers from talking to you. Discuss with your colleagues and tell them that each time you keep an inverted glass next on your desk or hang a do-not-disturb card, you ought to be left alone.
Make a list of things to do on an Excel sheet and keep deleting each item as you finish. Before you leave, looking at your blank Excel will give you a sense of fulfilment and happiness. Be sure to treat yourself to a big bar of chocolate afterwards.