Have you ever been in the middle of a great dream and been awakened abruptly? It’s very similar to when you’re interrupted while you’re “in the zone” at work, isn’t it? Technology, open office space and coworking atmospheres are great, but sometimes they can distract you or keep you from what you should really be doing—working.
We understand how important it is for entrepreneurs to stay productive, so we’ve come up with the top 5 ways to make your workspace distraction-free. So, log out of Twitter and get to reading!
You can use headphones to listen to music or white noise—you can even use them to block out background noises. According to a study published in Environment and Behavior, excessive noise is one of the biggest complaints of an open office design. Headphones can solve this prevalent problem. And hey, if you’re wearing headphones, people are less likely to bother you!
Hide Your Phone
Constant text messages, personal phone calls and notifications from Words With Friends are just a few possible distracting scenarios. Smartphones are the main ingredient in the recipe for distraction. Stop the insanity—put your phone in a drawer and don’t check it until your work day is over (or maybe until lunchtime). It’s amazing how much more you’ll accomplish!
Most people think the key to success is working 12-hour days and skipping breaks all together. This thought process is flawed. When you’re constantly working, you lose focus. Research led by University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, proves that brief diversions throughout your work can improve your focus. And a recent study, presented at The Academy of Management, suggests your breaks should consist of browsing the Internet. Sounds like a win-win to us!
Close Your Email
When you see you have a new email, you’re compelled to read it and respond—thus distracting you from working. Set aside times during the day to check your email and close it during the remaining hours. A French company, Atos, has experienced this email debacle. Atos decided to ban all internal email because employees loss of productivity. Email should improve productivity—don’t let it make your life harder!
Download Some Help
If you’re still struggling to get rid of distractions, enlist the help of technology—hey, that’s what it’s here for! Download these helpful distraction-free tools and get workin’!
We all know how annoying it is to be distracted while we’re “in the zone”. Don’t get bogged down by distraction! Start integrating these 5 tips into your work regimen, and see how much more you’ll accomplish!