title: distraction in the office

Monday Motivation: Distraction in the office. Will it ever end? (No.)

alex for kununu

Distraction in the officeHey! You! Over here! 👋👋👋 You gotta read the rest of this blog post.

Okay, so, wait. Are you supposed to be working right now? Have we distracted you with this attention-grabbing post? Then you’re in the right place. We’re talking about office distractions.

Actually, maybe you’re in the wrong place. Bear with us. You’re on the internet.

Problem:
Sometimes it seems like the internet is just a giant prank on humanity, built to distract people. Sure, you have work to do. But your forgotten high school acquaintances have political opinions, and they’re sharing them boldly on Facebook, and those opinions are giving you feelings. Bam: you just lost five precious minutes of the work day, and you didn’t even do anything.

Solution:
Apps like Freedom and Self-Control. They let you block specific websites for specified periods of time. Your distractible brain wants to click on Facebook, but you don’t have to let it! Sit, brain. Stay. Have a treat. (NPR covers the major apps here.)

Problem:
People keep coming up with internet tools that office workers “need” to “be productive.” The latest trend is Slack, which allows workers to IM each other gifs to their heart’s content—and also, theoretically, to collaborate on projects.

For better or worse, it looks like Slack is here to stay; here’s Vocativ on how the Slack “backlash has arrived, but it’s already too late.”

Solution:
Don’t worry: if Slack is truly creating too much slacking off, you can block it with apps like Freedom.

Problem:
Bosses are also concerned about texting (Fortune covers that here).

Solution:
With phone distractions our advice is… put your phone away. We’re geniuses, we know.

Problem:
People can be distracting too.

Solution:
Fast Company has good advice on avoiding being sucked into useless conversations. (Schedule little meetings rather than “swinging by” their desk, use noise-canceling headphones, etc.)

Are you hopelessly distracted at work? Is the environment making you more productive, or less? Submit a review of your company today, and tell the internet all about it.