From time to time, perhaps it’s a good idea to rid ourselves of distractions that prevent us from doing our jobs well. Oftentimes, I allow myself to be distracted by things that are either in my control or not. For example, I should have my cell phone off while at work. If anything is really urgent, as in a medical emergency, my nearest and dearest know my work phone. You may think that a simple text is not distracting but consider that you answer a text which involves a social situation with one of your friends. It’s not necessarily the text that’s distracting or your reply, but it’s thinking about the situation afterward. If it doesn’t bother you and you can jump back in your work like a horse with blinders on, then this is not a problem for you.
Yes, I know we’re all human and don’t want to work like robots all day long. I believe we do need to break away from our work stations at regular intervals. This situation is not only for office workers on computers. This affects us all in any industry. So, set aside time to call or text on your break.
As we know, there are different strokes for different folks and what bothers one person may not bother another. Therefore, make a list of distractions and work on eliminating, avoiding, or controlling them.
The title of this blog is “What Prevents You from Doing Your Job Well?” It’s not only audible or visual distractions that keep you from doing your job well, but perhaps something more, like admitting you need more professional training on certain software. This is a common problem and if someone is always lost on how to do something and consistently asking for help, not only are they preventing themselves from doing their job well, but they are distracting others from doing theirs.
Here’s an example of what prevents me from doing my job well.
- Not prioritizing my workload.
- Helping others too much with last minute rush jobs putting other tasks on the back burner.
- Not focusing on the task at hand. Scatterbrained.
- Over multi-tasking.
- Inability to just say, “no” to additional tasks when already full.
- Allowing too much socializing with “drive-bys.”
These are things I can work on and if they are out of my control, it’s time to sit with my supervisor and ask him or her to help me prioritize my work.