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Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or are a working mother, you would know that distractions are inevitable. Think of your work arrangement, for example.
If you have a work desk at the office, how often do you see a notification pop up in the corner of your screen? What about instances when your co-worker just walks over for a little chat?
Distractions can halt productivity simply because they divert your attention from the task at hand. Moreover, it wastes a lot of time as you redirect your focus towards the work you were doing after being disturbed.
According to statistics, it takes around 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task following a distraction. Fortunately, you can change the situation.
You may not always eliminate distractions, but you can certainly monitor your behavior and manage your time, focus and productivity.
And in this blog post, I share powerful hacks to counter distractions and boost productivity.
Do What Works Best for You
As you attempt to control distractions around you and focus more on your productivity, you need to find out things that work for you.
Think of it through an example. Your colleague may use headphones and loud music to reduce distractions but it may not work for you. You may end up losing concentration due to loud music.
Find out what works best for you. What may work for someone else may not always work for you.
Keep a Check on Your Behavior
At the end of the day, it all comes down to you. Keep a check on your behavior. How you identify and work towards reducing distractions is all that affects your concentration and your productivity.
For example, if your co-workers walk up to you for a little chit-chat, how do you react? Suppose you appear to be welcoming and do not communicate to your co-worker that you have to complete some important work. In that case, it is your behavior that is affecting your productivity.
It is a good idea to reflect and think of all the distractions and bad habits that affected your productivity at the end of the day. The next day, make sure you keep a check on your behavior.
Multitasking is a Big No
If you are one of the always-busy-millennial, you would know what multitasking is. It is all about doing several things side-by-side.
The real problem with multitasking is that it inhibits your ability to concentrate. Instead of juggling between tasks and continuously readjusting your focus, it is best to focus on one task at a time. Only when you finish it, it’s time to move on to the next one.
Control the Use of Technology
Technology maybe your best friend, but the advances in technology have blurred the line between your professional and personal life.
If you allow it, your phone can be the mini-laptop that is with you 24/7, and it can quickly take over your life, increase your stress levels and reduce your productivity.
Of course, you cannot be productive if you are constantly distracted by your phone. So when you are working on a specific task, make sure you control your use of technology.
Instead of constantly checking your phone for every notification, you can turn your phone on silent and check periodically. Only when you will control the use of technology will you reduce the effects of distractions on your productivity.
You may not be able to eliminate distractions. After all, they are an inevitable part of your everyday life. But you can modify your response and behavior and improve your performance.
Make sure you find out what works best for you and control the use of technology, so you stay focused and productive.