How to Avoid Distractions and Ace Your Job
By Sandy Schroeder
Keeping up with work demands can be a challenge, but it's even harder when too many distractions get in the way.
I start every morning with the best intentions, but that does not always work. By mid-morning I usually find myself knee deep in minor tasks, or listening to a long-winded story from a co-worker.
If you find it hard to stay on task, here are a few recommendations from Fast Company to eliminate distractions and pick up the pace.
Researchers say it takes about 20 minutes to get back on task when you get distracted at work. Then you often feel pressured for having wasted time.
Spot the Distractions
Watch for these distractions and eliminate them. You may be surprised at how much you will get done.
Hopping on and off of your personal phone - When there is a lull at work, do you find yourself automatically checking your phone?
Sliding in extra tasks - In an effort to cover all of the bases, it's tempting to take a few minutes here and there to accomplish minor tasks. They frequently take more time than they should and prove to be one more distraction.
Postponing key projects - Focusing on major projects first thing can give you an edge on the day, but too often they do not get the attention that they need and then are done in a hurry.
Neglecting to take an overview - Everyone assumes they know what has to be done, but stopping to assess the work load and planning the whole day could make a big difference in getting the jobs done.
Taking too many meetings - Take a look at how much time is spent in meetings and cut that back to the essential ones to make more room for the actual work.
Getting involved in other people's jobs - You may be tempted to lend a hand here and there, when you actually need the time to get all of your own work done.
Losing energy along the way - Adrenalin and coffee often keep us going, but it is a mistake to rely on them to meet deadlines. Eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep to avoid losing energy when you need it most.
No one knows your job better than you do. Take a good look at it and see what's needed to do it even better.
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