MJA Challenge: Overcoming Distractions

Lately I have read, seen and heard a lot about efficiency at the office and various secrets to overcoming distractions. Maybe I am just seeing these ideas because I often work from home and like to remind myself of these gems, or maybe it is a hot topic that a lot of people are discussing. Or maybe it’s both.

Fast Company’s recent article, “What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day” mentioned strategies like avoiding the initial email check in, instead reserving the first thirty or sixty minutes in the office to strategize and plan out your day. A friend of mine gets into the office an hour before everyone else and claims he gets 75% of his work done then- before the meetings begin. I do something similar in that I make sure I am set up in a way that I can focus, without distractions, for at least the first hour of my day – before I deal with any of the various things that pop up. I started wondering what other people were doing.

This week’s challenge is to consider both sides of distractions

    1. List three things that occur in an average day that distract you from achieving your goals.
    2. List three ideas for improving your productivity.

As always, I would love to hear your ideas.