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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?

Comments

  1. Need to read Drucker's theory on how to manage time. The cause might be overstaffing, mal-organization and mal-function of information.

    More suggestions:
    * I guess most important is that everyone in the office should know what is the goal/objective of the company.
    * Consolidate time.

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