It’s the end of July, and nothing is more distracting than a warm, beautiful summer day (even if it is nearly 100 degrees). Your mind wanders as you gaze out the window and contemplate all the things you could be doing instead of working (well, let’s be honest. You’re not really working, are you? You’re fantasizing about the beach.) Throw in a couple office chatters and the obnoxious sales guy who wants to make sure everyone in the office has his spiel memorized and you might as well go home for the amount of productivity you’re (not) enjoying.
Office Distractions & how to thwart them
Assuming you see these distractions as problems and don’t want to encourage them, here are some tips for facing them head-on.
- Take your breaks outside if possible. This will relieve your cabin fever and remind you that it’s blazing hot, so even if you were outside, you’d be miserable.
- Pack a picnic for lunch, and enjoy it in some nice shade with a coworker. get your chatting/gossiping done then so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone: 1) You’re outside again, and 2) You are less likely to feel compelled to lean over your cubicle to chat.
- Try white noise. You can use a free white noise generator or you can buy a system that appeals to you and offers some combination of the following features: portable, nature sounds, tinnitus sound therapy, etc. What they all should have in common is keeping you attention on work and not elsewhere.
Tip: many workers enjoy systems like the Sonet which are ideal for individual office/cubicle use. Heck, your boss may even spring for it you ask.
- When you do go home at night or on the weekends, enjoy that time. Don’t think about work, and soak up as much “you” time as possible. That way when you return on Monday, you feel refreshed because you used your time well and you can look forward to doing it again soon. I’ll even add, (though it may be controversial) quit super-scheduling yourself. You don’t have to g to every event offered. If you don’t enjoy something, stop doing it. Again, this will contribute to your overall well-being.