How to Overcome Office Distractions

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. 

Plan Accordingly

Typically the morning tends to be a quieter time for the office; people are still tired and not likely to wander around and chit-chat (unless you’re a morning person). 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, schedule out a conference room and do your work there. 

Find 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, a 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.  

Always Have Headphones

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. If you’re interested in learning more about that you can read the article here. Every so often my co-workers and I like to play music at our desk while we work. Assuming your company lets you do this, it is a fun way to get work done and enjoy some music. 

Take Breaks

The best way to keep yourself focused is to take breaks throughout the day. Get up a 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 taking a break every hour actually boosts your productivity. You can read more on that here

What are some ways you  overcome office distractions? Share in the comments below.