5 Common Distractions at Work and How to Handle Them

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To move fast requires releasing your brake and stepping on the gas. In the same vein, to make meaningful progress or impact requires identifying your distractions and eliminating them. Below are the five most common workplace distractions with tips on handling them.

  1. Lack of energy:
    To stay productive and maintain maximum focus requires managing sleep, exercise, and diet. Nutrition and rest are extremely critical for cognition, focus, and energy. Make it a rule to exercise regularly while avoiding foods high in sugar. Rather, stick to those rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and complex carbs.
  2. Self-doubt:
    Self-doubt can get in the way of progress by manifesting as negative inner dialogue. These voices make it easy for you to start second-guessing your abilities. In the long-run it makes any form of concentration almost impossible. In such situations, gather feedback from those you trust to help you strengthen your convictions while maintaining a healthy mindset.
  3. Multitasking:
    Our brains aren’t wired to multitask. In attempting to multitask we purposefully distract ourselves from our most important tasks. If you find yourself multitasking it means you’re doing a bad job at more than one thing. Instead, make an effort to prioritize your daily activities while focusing on each one at a time.
  4. Clutter:
    Since the brain is wired to react to its surroundings, it’s safe to say that a cluttered workspace will result in a cluttered mind. Quiet your mind by eliminating distracting elements from the context of your work environment. Minimalism is key here. Ensure your desk is optimized for minimal distraction and only keep things that contribute to your work.
  5. Micromanaging supervisors:
    Micromanagement often shows the lack of freedom in a workplace. Most employees don’t appreciate it yet some managers can’t seem to help it. In instances like this, it’s better to be proactive by constantly communicating the status of your projects. Keeping your manager informed in this manner ends up creating fewer distractions for you.

How do you deal with distractions at work? Tell us in the comments.