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Taking an Axe to Distraction


Sean

I came across a commercial describing the supposed American dream.  Actor Neal McDonough describes Europe countries “strolling” and “taking August off.” The commercial is around how American dream is to work hard and to “take only 2 weeks off in August.” The idea I took away from the commercial was not America is better than European countries. I found the commercial describing how American dream is changing. The focus is not so much a 9 to 5 job but making the most of out productivity.

The American dream has changed Indiana. I am seeing more and more companies testing ways to increase productivity. A lot of research is at our fingertips. We all have to figure out what works best for each of us.

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Battling Distraction.
We are in the age of distraction. We have information right in hand. This information can benefit us. More often than not, we get distracted. We get a phone call, an email or check social media too often. Distractions take us away from our work. There are three ways to prevent this.

  • Resist the Urge. We can resist urges by focusing our time on one thing until we get it finished. Sticking to something one thing at a time will help create valued work rather than scattered ideas.
  • Voluntary Distractions. When you are in the office, a conversation might strike up which is out of your control (involuntary distractions). Voluntary distractions happen when you choose to answer that phone call or that email. The trick is figuring out what is important when a “distract” arises.
  • Figure out importance. Once you understand what is a voluntary or involuntary distraction, you are able to figure out what is important to your work. More Indiana companies are using software to cut down time and costs. A productivity trend is most notable in the Indiana tech community.

Once you have found ways to battle distraction, the next step to help ways to further increase productivity. SmallBox has figured out a good distinction between distraction and disruption. The SmallBox team uses time blocks and quarantined disruption to spark productivity. The “disruption” helps with the creative process.

There are a lot of different tactics to increase individual and company productivity. What are some ways your company or you increase productivity?

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About the Blogger: Sean Sullivan (@seansullivan110) is host at Converge Coffee. When he is not podcasting, you can find Sean at networking events, cultural events, and coffee shops quoting too many movies.

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