Reduce Distractions by Figuring Out What’s Causing Them
Leadership Tip of week #87
adapted from HBR
Stress and distraction can form a dangerous cycle.
When we can’t focus at work, we often feel stressed about not being productive — which causes us to focus even less.
You can break this cycle by using self-awareness.
Pay attention to what’s going on the next time you get distracted: Are you bored by what you’re doing? Pulled away by a ringing phone?
Also, notice how you feel: Are you anxious because you can’t remember an important detail during a high-stakes presentation? Do you feel tense because you’re trying to find just the right words for an important email?
Your answers to these questions will help you pinpoint the source of your distractions. Before you can take steps to reduce your stress, you have to understand the underlying cause of the problems.
Adapted from “Break the Cycle of Stress and Distraction by Using Your Emotional Intelligence,” by Kandi Wiens