How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions

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Distractions are everywhere in our fast-paced, digital world. The rise of the internet, social media and smart technology have landed us firmly in the Age of Information or – as it’s otherwise known – the Age of Distraction. While these advances in technology have undoubtedly helped us do more and achieve more, they have also hindered our ability to focus on getting the basics done.

When at work, we usually have distractions coming from every direction. If you work in an office environment, you have your computer in front of you with email notifications and numerous work alerts popping up continuously. There’s also the temptation of the internet itself, which contains not only an endless amount of reading material but unlimited opportunities for shopping, networking, procrastinating and logging into Facebook, Twitter and the like. And – while you’ve been busy distracting yourself with all of that – several new emails have most likely arrived in your inbox awaiting a rapid response, papers may have piled up on the edge of your desk, and several colleagues may be trying to engage you in conversation.

Check out our infographic below, which explores the many things you can do to minimise the impact of work distractions and improve your overall output.

How to focus at work in the age of distractions

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