Creating a great work environment
In the previous article, we talked about distractions in our lives, splitting them between digital distractions and uninvited visitors.
Today, we will focus more on creating a great work environment that will allow you to become more productive and less stressed.
Shaping up your work environment
You do not really have to go for a total revamp, with purchasing new furniture and all that jazz. However, you should do some things about creating a good work environment.
The main purpose is to limit unwanted distractions and interruptions from other people.
Our Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Work Environment Distractions
Here are some great ideas to get you started:
Tip#1: Deal with people who frequently interrupt you
A source of stress for people who are trying to be more efficient with their work schedule is often represented by other people who interrupt them.
What you need to do is to deal with those who are the most frequent interrupters. Just tell them that you need to focus more on your work.
Most of the time, these people do not really know they are interrupting, since they are more extroverted and they like socializing.
Tip #2: Bring down the noise
Another source of distraction that can become quite unbearable is constant noise around you.
Different people have different levels of stress tolerance to noise. If you are among those who really get bothered by even the smallest noise, you have to do something about it.
Blocking the noise around you is the best thing you can do. Here are some ideas:
Get a good quality pair of headphones
There are models that come equipped with noise canceling features. They are the best if you are the kind who gets easily distracted by sounds around you.
Find a white noise generator
This will basically cover the annoying sounds in your work environment. It will also offer you a stress free option of blocking the noise. You can find audio files or YouTube videos with white noise online.
Find another place
Sometimes, you do not have to do much else but find another place to continue your work, without any distractions.
Tip #3: Don’t interrupt yourself with too many breaks
There is an important role to having breaks. They basically let you recharge your batteries and refresh your mind so you can continue working.
However, planning your breaks should not come to interfere with how you are basically doing your job. In other words, it is important that you do not become too busy with getting breaks and not getting any job done.
Consider breaks in a system of rewards that will basically let you enjoy your work more. Set up milestones for your work, and once several of them are achieved, allow yourself a break.
While you are progressing through your tasks, see if you can include longer breaks in your routine. However, this is just a recommendation and it may not work for everyone the same.
If you work better with short breaks and you prefer to relax more after you are finished, by all means, go ahead and do it.
Tip #4: Adjust your schedule for fewer interruptions
A good idea for becoming more productive and managing distractions in a more efficient manner is to adjust your schedule in such a way that you will not have to deal with them at all.
For instance, scheduling your work while the rest of the house is still asleep, or they are gone to school or work – in case you are among those working from home – will guarantee your peace of mind, and you will not be distracted while you are working.
For those who work in an office environment, this may not be as easy to achieve.
However, if you take into consideration all the advice offered throughout this article and the previous one, you can greatly reduce the amount of distractions you need to deal with.
Tip #5: Don’t let distractions bring you down
There is also another thing you can do to avoid letting distractions become a source of stress.
Whether you like it or not, they do happen, and this does not mean that every little interruption should be seen as the end of the world.
It is in your power to brush aside some of the small distractions that are not doing a lot of harm.
Some small distractions may even help you take a small break once in while. As you can see nothing is set in stone and as long as you are flexible, you will be less stressed and more productive.