In the world of open office spaces, we are able to learn so much about our fellow employees. When they come in, when they take their breaks, when their kids have an impromptu trip to work with them, their favorite YouTube videos and much more. An open office structure is amazing for collaboration and camaraderie, but what about those projects that require a little more focus? Here are some tips and tricks on how to overcome the ongoing distractions within your given work environment.
1. Plan Accordingly
Typically, the morning tends to be a quieter time for the office. People trickle in, are likely still tired, and not likely to wander around and chit-chat (except for those rare morning people). Utilize this time to get your individual work done or other projects that require more focus. If you have a project that you can’t get to until later in the day, book a conference room and do your work there.
2. Secure a Breakaway Spot
Find a secluded spot where you can go to get away and get some work done. Whether it be a conference room, nook, or a deserted corner, pick a quiet spot to get away when the office gets too loud. Or, if your office allows it, take a morning or afternoon to work out of a coffee shop. A change of scenery can be a great way to spark your creativity as well.
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of headphones. Headphones are great for drowning out noise in the office and studies show music can increase your productivity as well. In addition to the benefits of listening to music while you work, there’s also the added bonus that people are less likely to interrupt you when you’re wearing headphones. Even if you find music too distracting to get work done, putting on a comfortable pair of headphones can still help keep you focused and eliminate unnecessary interruptions.
4. Take Breaks
The best way to keep yourself focused is to take breaks throughout the day. Get up and take a walk, grab a snack, or catch up on the news. Short breaks are a good way to let your mind recharge and help you stay focused for the rest of the day. Studies show that taking a break every hour actually boosts your productivity. Additionally, make sure the breaks you’re taking are scheduled. Tell yourself you’ll take a break when you finish a certain task, or every hour or two. This will keep you focused during the time you’ve delegated to work, and won’t let you get burnt out by working in too long of intervals at a time.
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