The worst workplace distractions aren't your phone, email, or social media
Our work environment rarely lends itself to focus. So get more comfortable with distractions.
Our brains are brilliant at noticing anything that doesn’t match a pattern. We’re drawn to novelty, which makes a distraction—like a loud coworker or hearing a one-sided conversation—in an otherwise monotonous workday very hard to ignore.
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“Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
“It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds.”
Emotional distractions are a symptom of our workplace culture
Workplace isolation sends us to Twitter and Facebook. Or to check in on email and chat every 5-10 minutes to see if there’s a new message.
Solution: Creating a daily routine with time to connect with the people you work with and not just resorting to impersonal communication.
Living in a space of constant half-attention causes our brain to lose focus.
Solution: Adopt a work schedule designed around single-tasking. for that, learn to prioritize. Because distraction might actually be just confusion about what matters.
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