Nowadays, we are exposed to unlimited distractions. As much as we would want to become productive at work, we still tend to become distracted easily. Thus, once we give in to these “interruptions”, the results would be added stress, lesser output success and decreased quality of life. It might sound really drastic but truth be told that this is nonetheless the fact that we must admit.
Therefore, we need to as much as possible eliminate these distractions and manage our own time more efficiently. More so, to help you identify such problem enhancers and productivity eradicators, here are the most common distractions pointed out by a number of corporate workers in Singapore.
It may be sweet to receive texts and calls from your loved ones while at work but to tell you frankly, they are sometimes great distractions. One message from them could potentially build up a long conversation. You might not even notice it until you have realized that you wasted 1-2 hours of your time just being clingy and giggly with your mobile phone. If you want to eradicate this distraction, then set your phone to airplane mode and just turn it on during breaks.
- Social Media
In this generation, your life would not be complete if you do not have social media accounts. We all know that once we check on social media sites, we’ll unnoticeably spend up to three hours of lurking, stalking and constantly checking out our friends’ and acquaintances’ profiles or status. To increase your work productivity, turn off your social media notifications and try to resist as you can.
- Chitchatting with Coworkers
Talking with your coworkers about what happened on your date or what series have you finished watching will not help you become more productive at work. It would most definitely eat most of your time actually until you end up not finishing anything because you’re too busy socializing. A good working atmosphere might be a necessity but try to limit the chitchats during work hours and schedule it on break times or after work rendezvous.
- Answering Emails that Are NOT Urgent
There will be emails during the day that would initially be thought as urgent but truthfully are not. These are the type of emails coming from your coworkers who need your assistance. Then at the end of the day, you have done more work for other people instead of finishing yours.
Not all of us are equipped with the skills of multitasking. Some are very eager to multitask since they want to finish all their projects or assignments in one day but they end up not finishing anything. Entertaining one task with another can be very distracting especially those who have not mastered such skill yet. Take everything one step and one task at a time to become more efficient and productive.