Try this for one day and report your increased efficiency. Simple to do.

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There has been a bit of posting of late on distraction.

There is a lot of distraction available as soon as you sit in front of a computer.  Every possible distraction to any goal you have in mind is bundled into that black box.

Pain and pleasure all at your fingertips.  The sounds of Deep Purple or the Tijuana Brass.  Updates, sound bites, etc.

Here is something simple to do to increase your efficiency.  It did for me.

If you are a keyboard warrior then try this for just one day.

Turn off all audio.

I was busy the other day and the power here in Orlando blew out.  I was working on two screens and two computers.  When the power went back on I had blueprints draped over the distraction computer (email, google, apps, YouTube, FB, etc.)  The work computer is used primarily for CAD architectural design.

I had to work fast on a deadline so I kept the 'distraction' computer's audio off completely for most of the day.

I noticed that I was working at full potential on my work computer and realized why.

With audio there can be associated video.  There are news broadcasts, funny or interesting stuff coming across Facebook, and my biggest distraction: anything on YouTube.  I get stuck on YT and just keep clicking on one thing to the next, all related.  Great informative stuff and just fun things, etc.


I realized how easy it is to just follow your nerve endings rather than your cognitive powers and so I suggest trying this for ONE DAY.  No sound.  

Please report back with your own observations.  I believe I was at least 30% more effective, efficient at staying focused and meeting my deadline.   Oh, coffee works too!~  but no audio!!

Thank you!

(yes, this is obviously a bigger sacrifice than audio alone.  video is even worse, and it is very difficult to get one without the other, so NO VIDEO as well!!  just one day...)

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John, I work from my home office 80% of the time  and all I do is email, email, etc and in the background my Bose System has 91.5 classical radio station on and no distraction just soft stimulating classical music:)Endre

May 19, 2019 09:00 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

I can tell you that would not work for me.  My mind would wonder all over the place, it would just make things worse

May 20, 2019 02:00 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi John- it's been shown that while we think we can multi-task, in reality, we can't. Listening to music can be a distraction especially if you're prone to humming along with the music, tapping your toes, or dancing in your chair. 

May 21, 2019 11:48 AM #7
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I always turn off the audio when trying to work or concentrate - otherwise it's just too distracting.  And YouTube... don't even get me started on that time suck.

May 27, 2019 08:17 PM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi John I have been doing this for years. Drives me nuts to have sounds going off when I'm focused on whatever.  It is such a huge time drain - HUGE.

May 28, 2019 04:15 PM #9
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Totally agree distraction is a problem for the most part. The challenge is a good one no music, no video, no noise hmm this will be a challenge for sure. Will try it for one day and see what happens. 

May 28, 2019 05:06 PM #10
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

John, I'm with Gwen when I'm in cubicle land.  The noise outside my cube too distracting?  Headphones, Pandora, and away I go.  And in general the sound is off on my laptop.  Bill

May 28, 2019 06:37 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Efficiency is the name of the game here and everything else follows after that. That’s what I think anyway. Keep doing what you do! :)

May 28, 2019 11:47 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

cubicle land is one of those places where once you get out you kind of don’t want to go back more than every once in a while

Liz and Bill Spear

May 28, 2019 11:48 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is one of those times where memes keep us together. It’s nine for me and do some research

May 28, 2019 11:55 PM #14
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Great advice. I keep my audio off most of the time. Same goes for my phone but, that doesn't help much in that area. It doesn't help to close all tables with the exception of the one or two I'm working in. Have a great day!

May 29, 2019 04:29 AM #15
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

When I am working i love to have music on softly behnd me. It drowns out the white noise. 

May 29, 2019 05:37 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello John - "But I can effectively manage distractions with focused multi-tasking efforts".  Right?  I read/heard that somewhere.  Some time. But it was on the news crawl while channel surfing or listening to NPR.  Or was it that podcast? Ahh, never mind.


May 29, 2019 05:36 PM #17
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Darn. I was hoping you'd have something that would work for me. Not this, though, because I already seldom look at a video or listen to music. When I'm working I don't want any sound more distracting than the furnace or the refrigerator coming on. I know a lot of people work to music, but I can't do it. If I like it, I either want to sing along or get up and dance. If I don't like it, it just annoys me.

I guess I do know the cure - that would be to avoid checking my email. I do tend to stop and read things.

May 29, 2019 11:27 PM #18
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Marte, videos and music are real distractions.  If you get on FB or YouTube you may never come back.  I get super distracted with music especially, even though in the past it has been used as 'background' sound, it beckons you to channel in things YOU want to hear.  And so it goes.  Email is constant and texting as well.  Never have we had so many distractions from getting things done! Thanks,  Marte Cliff 

May 30, 2019 05:05 AM #19
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John Henry ,

I'm use to staying focused and don't like distractions when I'm working on something important and trying to meet deadlines. My available time now with my husbands illness has affected the amount of time I have available so its even more important to use my time wisely. When I'm distractions...its a time killer for me and I can't afford that time away from what is important right now in my life.

May 30, 2019 06:09 AM #20
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I live and work in a world of distractions ... sometimes I get caught up in it or I just blank it all out and hone in on my projects. Emails and social media is a real problem for me.

May 30, 2019 03:25 PM #21
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

I hardly ever listen to music or watch something on Youtube. Unless I'm done working for the day that is.

May 31, 2019 06:39 AM #22
Greg Mona
Faira Homes Corp - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Oh wow, where do I even begin John Henry?!  I believe we've all become "Pavlov's dogs" with all of the alert sounds; chimes, beeps or whatever that make our head snap and wonder "what's that?", "who wants/needs me now?", etc. I am completely guilty of that but have learned, as you illustrated in your post, that if you really need to bang something out and can't be distracted, then yes, turn off the sound. For me, that includes music, as that can also be as distracting as it is calming. It's funny, but I almost can't remember the days where these electronic devices and their associated sounds weren't an integral part of our lives.

Jun 02, 2019 07:22 AM #23
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That is definitely a way to work and pay full attention to what to accomplish.  Sometimes I get distracted when I see another email to respond to and think, "it will only take a sec."  But in reality that one email will distract me from completing a single task.  Ugh! 

Jun 02, 2019 06:47 PM #24
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