Getting in the Zone: Overcoming Distractions and Boosting Productivity
Squirrels are often used as a symbol for distractions because they are quick, agile, and easily distracted creatures. They are known for their tendency to jump from one task to another, often in a seemingly random manner, and are easily sidetracked by anything that catches their attention. Similarly, distractions can cause us to lose focus and jump from one task to another, without making progress on any of them. This can lead to decreased productivity and make it harder to accomplish our goals. Apparently, we might have more in common with the squirrels than we realized.
When it comes to boosting productivity, you need to outsmart the squirrels, and there are several strategies that you can use to do so.
Get rid of the “noise” in your workspace. When I say noise that includes pets, people, and clutter. Clutter clogs your desk and your mind. If you have an office door, feel free to shut it.
Time block. Break your workday into smaller, manageable chunks of time, and focus on one task at a time during each block. Use your calendar to designate specific time for specific tasks. Don’t forget to schedule breaks and exercise!
Turn off your notifications. This may seem simple and intuitive, but how many times have you been sucked into your social media or answering emails when you hear the bell on the phone?
Establish your priorities. What do you need to accomplish? Make a list and sort items by importance and urgency. Setting priorities allows you to take a look at the big picture.
Take a break! Taking a break isn’t a distraction. It’s just the opposite. When you step away from your desk, even for a few minutes, you will reduce your stress, refresh your brain, and be ready to tackle the next item on the list.
Remember to breathe! Meditation in the middle of the day? Sure! It’s like a mini vacation for your brain and helps keep you calm under pressure.
Distractions waste time, increase stress, and interrupt your focus and workflow. The more you minimize them, the more efficient and productive you become, and the more you’re adding to your success and profitability.
Sorry, squirrels…not today.
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“The biggest challenge in business is not the competition but the distraction.” - Tim Fargo
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