Ignore Distractions and Get The Work Done. Stop Procrastinating

Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short. Adam Hochschild

There is not even a single aspect of human life that has not been influenced by technology. Our work has been transformed and our lives have become more convenient. Now we can perceive world’s information in more detail in no time. Technology in a sense has made us smarter and quicker in our ways of work.

Productivity has increased with more technical advancements at our disposal now but so has the work pressure. But even when we are snowed under our work, we stay connected to our social media accounts or keep on checking our email again and again.

The biggest Time Killers:

At workplaces people waste a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. discussions. According to researches, 95% of the employees get distracted during the work day. Another survey was conducted by OfficeTime.net, accounted more than 17,000 freelancer’s small business owners and professionals. They questioned these people about the activities that resulted in a distraction from their work during their working hours. The results were pretty surprising,

45 % of the respondents spend most of their time dealing with their inbox, reading and replying to their daily mails.

43% of the workers regarded social media as their biggest time consumers.

And 34% of the people wastes their time by just following latest news coverage.

According to Stephen Dodd, founder of the OfficeTime.net and CEO of the Productive Monkey, email checking is the biggest time wasting activity for people during work. It is a huge distraction to a person’s mind and people do not realize how easily they let go of their precious time that otherwise could become productive for their future. He stated that people must not check their emails at work, if they need to send replies urgently then make the replies straight but polite. Unsubscribe from all the unimportant sites and use time to stay focus on their work.

Chasing distractions:

Distractions do not come on their own; we allow these distractions to take control of our attention and resources. Many workers use their most productive hours of the day chasing after social media notifications or email replying. They lose energy while performing such unproductive activities. Getting attracted to breaking news breaks our focus with breakneck speed.

For professionals and researchers this has become a huge concern because productivity of workers is getting wasted with unreliably easy time distractors. But the reason is that workers easily fall prey to these time distractors because they love to spend their time in fun activities. They enjoy staying connected to social media, checking emails, responding to their phone messages because they find it interesting. They always seek refuge from the work they should be doing.

Go back to old-fashion methods: Stop procrastinating

Attention-stealing stress can be overcome if we start running our lives the old-fashion ways. Sticking to the healthy habits like getting proper sleep and eating healthy food can help to stay better focused during work. Procrastinating work can turn into an extremely damaging practice; you can end up in life with nothing in your hand for future. It is our responsibility to be attentive to the preferences in our lives and to keep track of our goals to achieve.

There are tools available online such as “Cold Turkey” and “SelfControl” that help you block distraction websites for the working hours of your day. But the biggest distraction blocker is fixed in your brain, if you decide not to pay attention to things that are not important more than your work, nothing can disturb you ever.

“You have to be so disciplined that even your distractions become focused”. Onyi Anyado

Written by Hisham Sarwar


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