January and February can be difficult month for many people, especially at work. They feel unfocused, unproductive, and possibly even depressed. The holidays are long gone, as is the excitement and feelings of hope for the new year. People may even feel bummed that they’ve already missed their new year resolutions. Throw in typical office distractions, and frustration just rises. If you feel distracted, unproductive, or even down and depressed, please know you are not alone. Most workers are distracted, and millions are depressed this time of year. Keep reading for some tips on dealing with distraction/ lack of productivity and depression.
Dealing with Distraction
First, let’s deal with distraction. The average worker is distracted 2 hours every day. Being that distracted makes you unfocused, prone to mistakes and high levels of stress. Interestingly, a lot of distraction is due to office noise, namely conversations. An easy way to deal with conversational distraction is to use a sound machine which emits very low-level white noise so that you can tune out it and the surrounding noise to get back to work.
Dealing with Depression
Next, let’s talk about depression. Depression is not a fun thing to talk about, but it’s important to know that Seasonal Affective Disorder affects millions of Americans. It’s a form of depression that occurs in the winter months, and usually due to lack of sunlight. Like sound masking, an equally simple solution is light therapy . Try a “happy light” at your desk to literally brighten up your mood because the light replicates the rays of the sun. It’s surprising how much a little light can do for your peace of mind.