dealing with distraction
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed at work? Do you fight constant interruptions that prevent you from crossing off items on your daily task list? Try these simple strategies for dealing with distractions.
- Make a task list each day. Keep your list in sight all day and check off each assignment as it is completed.
- Break down big assignments into five- minute "mini-tasks." These will serve as stepping-stones to completing the larger project at hand, even if you're interrupted. If an emergency or a "must do now" request comes in, finish your current mini-task first so that later you can cleanly advance to the next stage.
- Check e-mail only at regular intervals during the day to avoid getting sidetracked
- Control/eliminate distractions. If possible, find a way to get uninterrupted work time so you can focus well and work efficiently. Think about strategies like closing your door, putting up a sign to let others know when you are available to talk, or sending calls to voicemail. Maybe you can flex your time to come in earlier or stay later when fewer people are around to distract you.