Chetan Somani

Engineer - Computing, Infosys India

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How to control distraction from work??

They may be situation where you just get distracted while doing some important work and later forget what you where doing and what you had to do next..
So what we need to do in order to control it??

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    Jun 1 2012: Really loving your work would make it less taxing.
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    May 30 2012: Chetan

    You brought an interesting topic, which we all see and get involved, day to day. I have seen this in some of my team members and ask them to do some minor adjustments in their work pattern. Here are some of them. Have a task list for the day and put it on your desk where you can see. I know this might get changed, but still worth having it. Next is to allocate fixed time to see mails, say every 2 hours or so. Do not reply chain mails even within the office, just stay patient when everyone else marked would have given their inputs, so you have a full picture and then you can respond. Don't send out "yeah, got it" or "thanks" emails, no one reads them. Phone calls: follow a similar rule, unless you know it is from your Boss, don't take it. Keep the small talk to coffee breaks or lunch breaks. Give an impression you are a busy guy and so others wont bug you unnecessarily.

    As the day progresses, check mark the tasks done for the day. This really helps summarize what you got done and what is left. Carry over the unfinished tasks for the next day.

    Hope these help. good luck.
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    May 28 2012: ha, I don't know~because I never undercontrol and ignore distraction.
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      May 29 2012: Jessica,
      i think you are way away from getting distracted!!:P
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    May 28 2012: I learned this word that helps me out a lot.

    NO

    I don't answer the phone, or look at email. I put on headphones. Just because some trivial thought pops into a co-workers head does not mean it has to be my issue let alone a priority.

    Just say no. As often as needed.
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      May 29 2012: Linda,
      great!!
      I think i need to start practising it and when i find it more useful will definetly applaud for you for making me do so.

      Chetan.
  • May 27 2012: You can only answer important phone calls and collect the rest in your voice mail. You can choose one or more times during the day to look at all emails that arrived then, you can put a note on your door to not interrupt you unless the matter is of great importance. You can carry your work to another location where no one can find you, get your work done, then go back to your office and be open to the interruptions for a half of an hour in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon. Good thing I'm here to tell you all this. It's clear that you could not have figured out these profound moves for yourself. That's what the rest of humanity is here for. Glad to be of assistance to you in the accomplishment of any or all of your positive goals. Happy Today.
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    May 27 2012: it would be easier to give suggestions if you had mentioned what is distracting you in your work. Is it your Cell Phone? Facebook? Or the people in your Office?
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      May 27 2012: Good point stay off of TED, actually stay off the internet during work. (8^(l)
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        May 28 2012: Pat,
        Internet is necessary and it cannot be avoided
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          May 28 2012: The point is do you control the internet or does it control you.
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        May 29 2012: Pat,
        good point.
        but i think people access internet for their own purpose at work.
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      May 29 2012: Prasil,
      I just asked it in a generalized way.if i wanted to know whats distracting me i would have specified it and would have asked you to suggest me remedial ways to get out of it!!
      It just that i want to know what different distractions a human faces and what does he do inorder to get rid of it!!
  • May 27 2012: the person who gets distracted while doing something important would be an idiot.
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    May 26 2012: Concentration is a learned skill. I would recommend getting good at it.

    i would also control the things you can control like rest, being well fed, etc.

    I forgot to add that if you have juniors require them to have a solution for the problem they are having, otherwise they will be happy for you to do their job. This will make them solution oriented instead of problem oriented. Try you will be amazed at the difference it makes.
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      May 29 2012: Pat,
      i dont agree that concentration is a learned skill.
      people often get distracted and they try to concentrate on what they do and they even start learning it!!
      and i even try to be more focussed and often try to learn how to be more focussed!!!
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    May 26 2012: Distraction is part of the working world as we seldom work alone.......
    One of the technique used is to calculate distraction while planning work for the day.......then use prioritization matrix using URGENCY & IMPORtANCE as criteria.....

    We can control what is with in our control ....which is our task....distraction we seldom can do....as it comes from someone or something beyond our control.
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      May 29 2012: Salim,
      i wanna know how to calculate distraction prior to work??
      distraction is arbitrary and we cant even say how long we be distracted!!
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        May 29 2012: As we do in case of any "PLANNING" with which we try to influence "FUTURE" event which we don't know about........

        Keeping aside exception , one can easily track how much s/he is distracted in a day and take an average of such days to apply in future.....
  • May 26 2012: Get a new job that attracts your attention. You will possibly enjoy it more and make more money and be happier and healthier.
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      May 26 2012: Rhona,
      Thanks for the feedback..
      But I meant distractions in terms of interruptions during work hours,phone calls,emails,other activities to be done etc etc..
      So how to control them which doesnt affect our work schedule??