Sometimes you just get distracted. You’ve tried everything, but you’re still checking out Twitter instead of working on next quarter’s projections. You’ve tried time blocking, installed extensions to block social sites, but no matter what you do, you’re still not getting any work done.
Don’t panic! It’s time to try these five unconventional techniques. They just might be what you need to break down the wall, and kick start your concentration.
- Stop Trying to Control Everything – Ever tried too hard to control something? Seems like the more you try, the less it works. A big cause of stress is trying to control things that you can’t. Are you using distractions to avoid dealing with stress? Sound familiar? Try and practice letting go. It might be just what you need.
- Take Frequent Breaks Throughout the Day – When you’re distracted, it might feel wrong to take a break. After all, you need to make up for the work you’ve been avoiding. According to a recent Baylor University study, 95 employees who primarily use computers for work documented their breaks. They found that whenever survey participants stepped away voluntarily, they felt less emotional exhaustion and increased job satisfaction.
- Let Yourself Be Distracted – Seems counterintuitive, right? But enhanced creativity often comes when we’re distracted. Being creative can help you focus and get excited about what you’re doing. If you suspect your distraction is holding you back, giving in and not fighting it might help you break down the wall.
- Notice Your Triggers – All human behavior starts from an internal trigger. Even distraction. If you don’t know the root cause of your distractions, you might want to delve a little deeper and try to understand your triggers. Next time you’re wasting time on Twitter, stop and think about what you’re trying to avoid. Only when you understand why, can you address the problem.
- Engage in Craft-Adjacent Play – Sometimes starting the day with some mental calisthenics before jumping into work can help. Aaron Britt, content brand editor at Herman Miller does 20 minutes of anagrams with his team as a warm-up each morning. This purposeful play uses the same mental skills and resources they use in their work.
Next time you find yourself distracted at work and conventional techniques fail, try these five alternative options. They might be what you need to break down that wall and get back to work!