The hardest part about the work day is when you are having a very productive day getting work accomplished, when out of nowhere, something changes. You get that phone call, notice a health symptom, or just learn a piece of news that becomes disheartening.
Now that you have this new information, how do you regain your productive focus? These types of distractions are usually not emergencies where you can run off and do something about it, but you still sit around and fret about the worst case scenario. We have all been there at some point in our work careers.
What do you do now?
So you are sitting at working trying to will yourself to get your work done and reminding yourself not to fret over something you cannot do anything about that moment anyhow.
Pick out projects that you are particularly excited about so you can focus your energy on something fun to work on. Be sure to pick a project that takes full brain power so you can focus on that task.
Next, set a timer for yourself and work on a task for the allotted amount of time. When the timer stops, give yourself a couple of minutes to let your mind trail off, then relax and refocus.
If needed, turn off your phone, radio, television, or email if necessary that might be distracting while you work. Also, have snacks nearby so you do not become unfocused with the need to eat.
When the time comes where you are still too distracted to meet and productive goals, stand up and leave the room. Pick another activity that is fun. Play with the dog or go for a walk. There sometimes comes a point where you are so distracted that it does not matter what the task, it just will have to wait for another day.
What do you think? How do you handle distractions?