David Feldman

Why You Get Distracted at Work and How to Get Focused

Blog Post created by David Feldman Champion on Mar 14, 2017

Where did those 30 minutes go?!


As much as we may hate to admit it, sometimes we all find ourselves wondering exactly where our work day went. Distraction is a real challenge and it’s a barrier to true work productivity. Thankfully, the solutions to distraction are so simple we can’t think why we didn’t try them sooner!


Phone notifications


We are constantly interrupted by our phones. Text messages. Emails. Social media notifications. App updates.


If you turn your phone off while working on a project, waiting to check until you’re on your lunch break, you’ll be amazed at how much work you can get done - even in just 30 minutes!


Answering Work Emails


Like a lot of working Americans, you probably feel like you’re at the receiving end of an uninterrupted stream of work emails.


If you don’t answer, or even check, your work emails until you’ve gotten some actual work done (the kind you need that has a deadline and a checkbox on your to-do list), you’ll be a lot happier and more productive.


Those work emails aren’t going anywhere. They can wait. Don’t let them control what you do with your work day.


Procrastinating Difficult Work


We’ve all done it. Dreaded a difficult thing we have to do for work and then left it to the very last minute.


Unfortunately, while last-minute stress may be a good motivator for some, the work we do fueled by anxiety is rarely our best. It’s actually better to get the hard projects out of the way first thing in the morning, when we’re the freshest and most alert.


Leaving Office Door Open


It’s great to contribute to the friendly atmosphere at work by making yourself available to your coworkers.


But there’s a time and a place for chatting (that’s in the break room or at the water cooler.) If you leave your office door open, you leave yourself open for distraction! 


It takes about 25 minutes to recover from a distraction of any length.


Not Having a Schedule


Don’t let your work emails dictate what you accomplish in a day. Make a list of things you need to get done in the morning and schedule your day with the goal of getting them done.