5 Ways to Cut Down on Distractions and Become More Productive

Your goals is simple: get up early and arrive to work well before your coworkers or employees. The problem, once you sit down at your desk you become more distracted than a chimpanzee in a banana market.

If you want to avoid wasting precious time, you’ll have to learn how to ignore the irresistible avalanche of distractions and become a more focused worker.

But how is that possible with the overabundance of activities that seem to beckon you away from your most important efforts?

1. Step away from the Internet

You can find out what is happening from Paris, France to Paris, Texas in seconds. Next you can check out hilarious social posts starring lovable kittens. After that you can read up on your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and…stop the insanity. Get up early enough to take care of your Internet needs before leaving for work or better yet save it for the evening.

2. Put away your phone

Your high score on Bubble Witch can wait for your personal time at home, so while on the job put away your smartphone unless working. These small technological wonders can greatly increase your productivity but also can become handheld distractions.

3. Decrease social hour to social minute

Do you enjoy hanging around the proverbial water cooler and catching up on workplace gossip? If you are the source of gossip – the cubicle crier if you will ­­ stop the chatter. If you are just an unfortunate participant avoid the workplace gossiper at all costs. Not only does all this unnecessary talking waste time, it also can prove to be a morale killer.

4. Personal business on personal time

Paying bills, making doctor appointments or calling your friend to verify next Friday night’s plans should not be completed during work hours. Finish these activities during break times and lunch hours or ideally at home. A simple personal call or email can snowball into a time­consuming ordeal so minimize, or totally negate, these tasks.

5. Don’t lengthen lunch hour to lunch two hours

This may seem like common sense but 15 minute breaks should run about 15 minutes in duration. Logically lunch hours should be around one single hour. If you are inclined to extend your breaks, you are wasting oodles of precious time. Consider this example: taking 10 extra minutes per day equates to 50 minutes per week, 200 plus minutes per month and 2600 minutes per year (using 52 weeks). That’s more than 43 hours per year or an entire work week wasted on bonus breaks. Stick to your allotted time and you’ll notice a nice boost in your output.