Nothing is more frustrating than when you’re trying to meet an impending deadline and a distraction occurs, be it an unexpected visit from a customer or a sudden text message.
Researchers at Michigan State University have revealed that an interruption as little as three seconds can double the amount of time it takes to complete a task. Additionally, the chance of errors is doubled in an interrupted employee compared to those of an undistracted worker.
Follow these tips to help stay on track and avoid distractions:
Keep track of your time. If you feel there’s just not enough time in your work day to accomplish all of your tasks, consider how you’re spending your time and use it wisely.
Take advantage of technology. There are hundreds of smart phone applications out there for both iPhone and Android platforms that will help you to manage your time better. Find one that fits your lifestyle and work schedule.
Drown out office noise. If you’re in a noisy office environment, get yourself a set of good noise- cancelling headphones to either muffle outside noise, or pump some good motivational music into your head. Not only will this help with a distracting environment, but people will also get the message that you are heavily invested in completing your work.
Don’t get caught in the web. Opening up a Web browser while at work can quickly derail any chances you have of staying on task. Whether you want to check the weather or catch up on social media, there’s a good chance it can wait. Save the personal browsing for when you’re at home or on a break.
Avoid checking your phone. Similar to the internet, a single text from a friend or significant other can throw you off your game. Turn it off while you’re in the office and make it a habit to only check on breaks.
Don’t be the distractor. Might you be a factor in another employee’s inability to get their work done? Make sure you follow your own rules for minimizing distractions at your place of business.