6 ways to fight distractions

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“According to studies, workers are interrupted by distractions roughly every three minutes (shockingly, it can then take up to 23 minutes to get back to the task at hand).

1) Focus on you. In fact, 89 percent of workers are most productive when working alone. Don’t be afraid to shut your office door for a little peace and quiet. This allows you to center yourself and focus more fully on work.

2) Stop multitasking. Every time you stop a task to quickly check Twitter or answer a text, you’re breaking up your concentration. Put your devices on silent and give your full attention to your work for more productive results.

3) Kick your email addiction. Schedule specific times during your day to check your email and only check it then. Otherwise, turn off the notifications on your email and focus on your tasks. Your phone still works, so don’t worry about missing out on something important.

4) Follow the 80/20 rule. Only 20 percent of what you do everyday produces 80 percent of your results. Cut the fat from your workday in order to get the most out of your efforts.

5) Make tough choices. Shut out distractions by being tough and realistic with yourself about your tendencies. This might mean putting locks on your Internet usage and blocking certain sites during working hours.

6) Skip social media and pick up the phone. Instead of wading through a never-ending deluge of emails, picking up the phone can be a much faster and more personal way of getting the information you need. Not only will you be building connections with your coworkers, you’ll be cutting down on your distraction-filled inbox.”

Ilya Pozin founder of Open Me and Ciplex


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