How to Avoid Distraction, Part 2

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Welcome back!

Last time you learned how to deal with people and communication distractions. Those are perhaps two of the most common (and most distracting) distractions, but there are plenty of others. Read on…

Computer Distractions

If you’re working on a computer that’s connected to the internet, then there are plenty of distractions that can sidetrack you from the task at hand. These include email, forums, social networks, shopping, news sites, YouTube and even just surfing around. Here’s how to reduce and eliminate these distractions:

  • Disconnect from the Internet when you don’t need it. If you have a computer that’s not hooked up (perhaps a laptop), then use that computer instead to work.
  • Check email at set times. You don’t need to check your email every few minutes or even every hour. Instead, check it at set times, such as once in the morning, once at noon and once in the evening. Answer all emails right away to save time.
  • Close unnecessary browser windows. Don’t even tempt yourself. Close all internet windows that you’re not using.

Environmental Distractions

There are plenty of ways your work environment can distract you, including:

  • Something interesting going on outside your window.
  • A room that’s too hot or too cold.
  • Lighting that’s too bright or too dim.
  • Distracting sounds, including talking, construction, traffic sounds, sounds coming from an adjoining room or apartment, etc.

Obviously, you can control some of these distractions, such as the temperature and lighting of the room. You’ll need to work around the distractions that you can’t control, such as noise coming through the walls or windows. For example, if you find the traffic noise distracting, then don’t work during rush hour. Or work in a different room (such as in the basement) where you don’t hear these sounds as much.

Personal Distractions

Finally, you can also get distracted for personal reasons. These reasons include things like:

  • Wearing clothing that’s too tight, too itchy or otherwise uncomfortable.
  • Having to use the restroom frequently (such as if you’re drinking a lot of coffee while you’re working).
  • Having to stop to pour yourself a beverage or make yourself something to eat.
  • Having to stop to attend to something else, like taking a dog out for a walk.
  • Having to stop because you feel ill (such as getting a headache).

Generally, these sorts of personal reasons are within your control, with the exception of illness. As such, you should make sure you take care of all your personal needs before you start working. This means having something to eat and drink, using the restroom, wearing comfortable clothes, etc.

Obviously, you can’t always control if you start feeling unwell. However, you can do things to help prevent it. For example, don’t overeat so that you feel uncomfortable. And try to reduce stress to help ward off stress headaches and indigestion. Healthy habits will go a long way towards boosting your productivity.

That’s it for this time. Next time you’ll discover how to create a workspace that motivates and inspires you!

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