Looking for Distraction
It’s time to work, you know it, yet you’re goofing off online or on your smart phone. I mean, what if you miss an important message or update? Could you live with yourself if your best friend’s cousin’s boyfriend drank a cup of coffee and you didn’t know about it? What about what all their friends say about said cup of coffee? It would be pretty devastating to miss out on all that pertinent information.
In all seriousness, though, how often do you find yourself intentionally letting your mind wander because you know you’re not focused? I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it happens multiple times a day. In fact, I know I’m not because the average worker is distracted more than 2 hours a day. So, here’s the deal- there are all kinds of distractions, both external and internal, and both are difficult to control or keep in check at work. When you ass your own constant social media tendencies, you’re toast for the day. An under-utilized resource is white noise. Instead of using it as a sleep aid, you can use it to tune out distractions and stay focused.
Full disclosure: white noise does not can not tune out Facebook, etc. But it does help you keep your mind trained on work tasks so you can more easily guard yourself against it and against noisy co-workers. If you’re ready to try it out, there are a number of white noise generators, aka sound machines, available. You can always try this free white noise generator to see if you like it and if it helps you stay focused, less distracted, and therefore more productive.