Our reader poll today asks: How do you handle distractions that break your concentration and focus?
- I ignore them as best I can and press on: 14.75%
- I accept the interruption, take a break, then get back to work: 76.75%
- Nothing ever distracts me enough to break concentration: 1.89%
- I completely lose focus and give up on the task for a long time: 6.61%
Deal with it and move on. Interruptions are a part of life and they’re pervasive both at work and at home (especially when working from home). The vast majority of you see them as a cue to take a break then get back to work. Just be careful that it doesn’t sap your productivity. Do what you can to minimize interruptions because you’re not only giving up the time of the break but also time to get your mind back in the mode of what it was working on. Find a dedicated work space and make an agreement with those who might interrupt you as to when it is or isn’t OK to interrupt. You have to take active control over your work environment lest it end up dictating how productive or unproductive you are.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.