Work Distractions and Productivity: An ABC News Video

Sometimes, I feel I have been extremely busy working for the whole day. Yet, at the end of the day, it turns out I have not accomplished much at all. Do you ever feel the same way? What are the reasons?

Today’s ABC News video lists top 5 distractions at work and shares some tips on how to increase productivity by minimizing such distractions. These top 5 distractions include: personal issues (i.e. drama; employee gossips), technology overloaded (i.e. too many e-mails or messages), meetings, office environment, and co-worker celebrations (i.e. birthday parties). Here are some suggestions:

• “Implement time management strategies.” For example, people can set a specific time of a day for answering e-mails and messages. We really don’t need to answer every e-mail as soon as we receive it.
• “Ward off drop-ins.” It is fine if we tell or “show” our co-workers that we are in the middle of something.
• Set up a social media and/or cell phone policy.
• Manage meetings. Call for meetings only when it is necessary and has a clear agenda.
• Keep up office maintenance. Preventative maintenance contributes to good “Fung Shui.”
• Organize available resources and make them available to employees. When they have questions, they know where to find the answers.

What suggestions do you have?

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