We all get distracted at work sometimes. You’ve tried everything to stop, but you still find yourself surfing Facebook and not getting your work done. Maybe, you’ve tried installing extensions to block social media sites or time blocking, and nothing seems to work.
When conventional techniques fail, it’s time to check out other options. These five alternative techniques for dealing with distraction might just be the ticket!
Just Let Go
Ever tried really hard to control a situation in the work place and the harder you try, the less it works? A big source of workplace stress is trying to control things that are out of your control! Are you using distractions to avoid dealing with stress? Try and practice just letting it go. It might be exactly what you need to get back on track.
Take Breaks Throughout The Day
When you’re distracted it might not feel right to take a break. After all, you’ve got all that work to do that you’ve been avoiding. A recent study conducted by Baylor University asked 95 employees who primarily work on computers to track their breaks. Researchers found that whenever they intentionally stepped away from their screens, they reported feeling less empotional exhaustion and increased job satisfaction.
Let Yourself Be Distracted!
Seems counterintuitive, but inspiration sometimes strikes when you are most distracted. Being creative can help you to focus and get excited about what you’re doing. If you suspect that a distraction is holding you back, not fighting it can sometimes open your creative floodgates!
Engage in Play
Sometimes starting your day with some mental calisthenics before jumping in can help. Aaron Britt, content brand manager for Herman Miller engages his team with 20-minutes of anagrams to warm up each morning. This type of purposeful play uses the same mental processes that his team uses on the job.
Trying different approaches can often help. These offbeat options just might be what you need to get your focus back.