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Thursday, March 9, 2017

DISTRACTIONS WE FACE AT WORK

Maybe it's the trend of open workspaces. Or maybe it's the lure of Facebook and Twitter. Whatever it is, the inability to focus at work is a huge problem across all industries with fully 95 percent of employees saying they are distracted during the workday, according to a survey of 1,000 employees by Virgin Pulse. What is distracting us from writing weekly reports and analyzing budget spreadsheets?

  • Co-workers who want to chat and socialize: 54 percent 
  • Technology distractions, including email and text messaging: 45 percent 
  • Personal stress, including relationship, family and money problems: 22 percent 

What can you do to stay focused and on task? Get healthy. 70 percent of employees say their health habits have a noticeable impact on their ability to focus at work. Specifically, 68 percent say proper sleep is the No. 1 way to maintain focus at work, while 43 percent say taking a midday walk or getting some exercise help them get and stay focused at work. You can also take control over your workday by doing the following, according to Men's Fitness:
Set clear goals with a list of the top priorities for the week. Review the list daily and decide what you can realistically accomplish.
Work in 60- to 90-minute blocks and then take a break. Refocus by listening to music for a few minutes, take a short walk or get a snack.
Turn off the world. While you are working in that 90-minute block, don't check e-mail, answer the phone or talk to your co-workers.


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