Our Top 5 distractions and How We Cope With Them


We all do it, it’s inevitable.  We get distracted at work.  Here are our top 5 distractions in no particular order and what we do to combat them. 

Number 1 – Emails.  It’s so easy to stop and check your email every time you get a new message, but then how can you ever get anything done?!  Did you know that worldwide in 2019 there were over 2.5 billion emails sent every day…BILLION!!   When we find ourselves getting distracted by emails we try and give ourselves windows of time to check them.  Remember for most people, if it’s an emergency, they won’t just email you, they’ll call or if they work with you, they might even come and knock on your door.

Number 2 – Background Noise.  Take a listen, what do you hear around you?  Machines are going, people are talking, phones are ringing, doors are opening and closing, someone is listening to music you like…or even worse music you don’t like, and so on.   We can all get overwhelmed by it, especially if there is a deadline to be met.  Don’t be afraid to close your door or put on your headphones to drown out the noise so you can concentrate on the task at hand, it’s what we do. 

Number 3 – Clutter.  It’s so easy for a small space to get cluttered with “stuff”.  Unfortunately, that stuff becomes a visual to-do list that doesn’t always get done, and in turn, can make you anxious or stressed.  We are a creative group in our office, we often have projects, partial prototypes, idea books, whiteboards, finished products, etc. on the go.  Try and take the time once a week or so to clean your “living space”.  It will make you feel more relaxed, and even more productive in the long run. 

Number 4 – Multi-Taking.  We have all been guilty of this at one time or another.  I can do this and this and this together and it will save time…but it doesn’t.  In fact, it ends up wasting time for so many of us because we have to go back and fix what we weren’t concentrating on.   Try to create blocks of space for yourself to do a specific task, specifically if that task requires additional attention to detail.  For instance, while I was writing this blog post I thought of a few other things I needed to do as well, but instead of doing them right away, I jotted them down on a piece of paper so I wouldn’t forget, and came back to writing the blog.

Number 5 – Hunger.  We’ve all felt the pangs of hunger in our stomach and the deafening sound (especially in a meeting) of growling.  The quick fix and easiest to go to is snacks.  We love snacks!  Especially the ones that have zero actual food value.  Who knew that fruit flavoured wasn’t actually a food group?  I sure didn’t.  Try stocking your office with healthy alternatives like real fruit, cut veggies, nuts, granola bars, and so on.  Also, remember to bring a lunch.  It seems like a simple thing, but bringing lunch is like a reminder to eat.  It also saves you time and money from going out to grab something. 

Well there you have it, some of our distractions in a nutshell.  It’s unlikely that you will ever get rid of all of your distractions, and to be honest, you probably don’t want to.  Life would get awfully boring if it all went perfectly all the time.  Ask 2020, it will tell you. 

Stay Happy and Healthy
                    - The Covid Shield Team

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