Six Ways To Block Distractions At Your Work Place.

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Six Ways To Block Distractions At Your Work Place



The more productive you are at work, the more time you’ll have to pursue personal interests and take care of your other responsibilities. Nothing cuts into productivity like on-the-job distractions. Here's how to block them out.


  • Take control of your email. A major consultant reports the average person spends 28% of the workweek reading, deleting, sorting, and sending emails. Yes, some emails need immediate response—“Can you come to the boss’s office right now?” But for most emails, it’s OK to respond in a few hours. Shooting back immediate responses limits your productivity big time. Instead, set aside specific times to check emails.
  • Don’t be a slave to your phone. If you have a smart phone, apply the above email rules—plus, don’t answer a call or a text unless you’re expecting one. You can check caller ID and answer if you’re worried about an emergency or a time-critical event. It’s best to have a land line in your workspace and tell clients and family to call that number if they really need to reach you immediately.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Many think multitasking is virtuous, when in fact it’s impossible. We actually only do one thing at a time, although we can switch back and forth between tasks pretty rapidly. Problem is, tiny interruptions usually lead to other tiny interruptions. What’s worse, once you’ve been pulled away from your primary task, it takes time to get back into it. So finish your current project, then tackle the small stuff.

  • Line up your meetings. When possible, schedule multiple meetings back-to-back. Thirty to sixty minute gaps between meetings don’t give you enough time to accomplish anything important.

  • Schedule down time. Taking breaks is important. One study found that the most productive workers spent 52 minutes working followed by 17 minutes of rest. When doing big tasks, brief mental breaks actually help you stay focused and undistracted!

  • Get away from it all. Remove yourself from the sources of distraction. Book a conference room to work in. Or come in at 7 and work distraction-free for two hours before the day really begins.

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P. Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I think I am doing things wrong...I am not getting away!

Nov 22, 2015 08:40 AM #1
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the tips, Winston.  This is definitely an area I struggle with - there are always so many things that need attention at the same time.  Sometimes it is very difficult to prioritize.

Nov 22, 2015 08:45 AM #2
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Thanks for sharing!

Nov 22, 2015 08:50 AM #3
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Great tips!  Especially the cell phone one!  That really kills productivity.

Nov 22, 2015 08:58 AM #4
David Barr
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Sarasota, FL

Other distractions are old folks stopping you to help them because their computer won't start up.

Nov 22, 2015 10:02 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Good suggestions...I started my own company to get away from the office distractions...We work from home and all is well

Nov 22, 2015 10:15 AM #6
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

The Junk Email Folder is my best friend.   And those sales calls from Zillow et al... spike them!

Nov 22, 2015 10:54 AM #7
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I keep unsubscribing to emails.  That is the worst for me.  At least 50 a day.  What a waste of time.  I couldn't possibly read and act on all of them.  Your ideas are good.

Nov 22, 2015 11:25 AM #8
Kathryn J.
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

Great post!  We have so many distractions now-a-days don't we?  With all the electronic devices it sure creates a lot of "noise" that we need to turn off and tune out so we can focus on more important things.

Nov 22, 2015 11:32 PM #9
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

These are some great tips.  Just because the phone is there doesn't mean we need to drop everything when we receive a text, email or phone call.

Nov 23, 2015 12:54 AM #10
Mark Daly
Group One Mortgage - Jupiter, FL

You are so right, we can get hit from all sides at times.  The only way to function at a high level these days is by being focused and disciplined.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 24, 2015 04:41 AM #11
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