Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house productivity training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner they provided as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn’t improved. As I looked around at my colleagues, I noticed that many of them were also struggling with the system.
You get into your car, ignite the engine, and an all-too-familiar holiday melody echoes immediately through the car’s cabin.
Work style—or the way we think, structure, organize, and complete our work—is the foundation upon which businesses operate, grow, and thrive today.
The steps outlined in an earlier post are universal steps that will help most of us strengthen our voluntary attention – the attention we have direct control over.
It does not take an emergency to shatter your work focus. The ordinary conditions of modern work life have made interruptions a routine part of our days. Open space plans, communal work spaces, and the proliferation of technology devices have resulted in very distracted workers. In an Office Workplace Productivity study, 61 percent of respondents claimed noisy co-workers as the biggest distraction in the workplace. The same survey also found that 40 percent of workers said that impromptu meetings from co-workers stopping by their workspace were a significant office distraction.
Work truth: Your productivity style is unique. But, how unique is unique?