Distracted Driving and NOW: Distracted Working
We've talked a lot in the last month about Oklahoma's lack of distracted driving laws. We are one of only six states that doesn't have a texting law on the books to help prosecute people who are distracted while driving.
Well, it's not just behind the wheel that you may be losing time. A new 1,000-person survey by Virgin Pulse says 95% of people indicate they are distracted during the workday. Oops. . .hang on for a sec. . .
Ha! My mom just posted a great pic of her new puppy. Wanna see? Oh? We were talking about something important? Oh! That's Right!! Distracted working!!
The survey indicates 45% of people feel technology (texts, Facebook, Instagram) is distracting enough that it keeps productivity low.
So, as a person who is prone to distraction, let me give you some easy things to help you manage your work, your social, your personal:
- Schedule time in your calendar to complete larger projects or projects that require focus. My Outlook calendar at work is my lifeline. I block out time for larger projects or special requests. During that time, no one can schedule a meeting and people will understand if you are not responding to your phone or email while you are working on the project.
- When you are working: remove the distractions. Put your phone in a desk drawer or your purse or coat while you need to concentrate. Turn off the sounds and buzzers so you won't be tempted to take a glance.
- Your office phone is there for a reason, but there are times when you can turn it off or turn it to voice mail so you can get your work done.
- Schedule in some breaks so you CAN check your phone, take a lap around the office or check on the kids. Doing it this way can help you manage your anxiety about not being in direct and immediate contact.