Keeping distractions at bay

With the “work from home” practice continuing, we are tempted to discuss this rather intriguing topic. Being distracted is something people often deal with, but how to efficiently deal with distractions, and how to increase the efficiency of your work, is the topic of today’s Medium story!

Now, we will mention a couple of things that have proven to help you arrange your time towards the priorities. These are our research results, it doesn’t necessarily have to work for you, but these approaches might help! Of course, we are all different, and various methods work for each of us.

Make a list

Prioritizing

Mute notifications

If you select a time to take a break and check your social networks, it will become easier to stay away from it when it might sidetrack you.

Schedule your time

“Easily distracted anxiety”

  • You have difficulty concentrating and your mind constantly drifts from what you were focusing on.
  • You have more difficulty forming thoughts and staying on track than normal.
  • Your thinking feels muddled and impaired.
  • You feel your short-term memory isn’t as good as it normally is.

With more work on your hands, stress is sure to follow, and we suggest really digging into this topic. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with stress, and you should really take the time to find your own. Hobbies, working out, breathing exercises, and such, are proven methods, but they might not work for you, so it’s important to really dig into it and realize what helps you deal with stress!

More challenging work

Complex tasks and challenging work require more attention, more working memory. That can be quite helpful! When your brain is busy working on a difficult assignment, it’s fully engaged, and it isn’t spending its energy and focus on irrelevant distractions because its capacity is entirely used on work. When our abilities are challenged, we’re more likely to be totally immersed in our work. Similarly, if your skills exceed the demand of work, we get bored and look for distractions. Our mind is used to focusing on anything that’s novel, pleasurable, or threatening, so understanding this and searching for it can go a long way in cutting the distractions out! A sense of achievement is achieved when tackling such challenging tasks.

There you have it, some tips on how to cut out distractions and be more efficient and satisfied with your work! Since this is a very subjective topic, we encourage you to share your ways of dealing with distractions with us. We’d be more than happy to learn how you accomplish it!

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