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3 Practices To Become Indistractable At Work
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I am a Career and Executive Coach and in 2002, cofounded Next Step Partners, a leadership development firm based in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. I work with senior leaders in a variety of sectors and functions to help them be more effective at what they do and to find more fulfillment in their work. Prior to my coaching career, I was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and held leadership positions at Disney Consumer Products in Paris and at Robertson Stephens, where I led Training & Development for the investment banking division. I earned an MBA from Stanford and graduated as valedictorian from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU and have coaching certifications from CTI and Minds at Work.
We often start our work day with the best of intentions to get specific tasks done — to get traction on our work — but invariably, those plans get derailed as we get distracted throughout our day. I recently spoke with Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, about what we can do to become less distracted and more productive. We discussed a few key practices, outlined below, that can help.
- Timebox your work:
Timeboxing is effectively making (and keeping) a meeting with yourself. Pick a task, when to do it, determine for how long and block it on your calendar. Not only is timeboxing one of the most effective productivity tools, designed to keep us focused on the task at hand, but it gives us a greater sense of control — one of the key elements missing in many workplaces that can create the negative emotions that often serve as internal triggers to distraction. Further, when we timebox our activities, we are by definition, single-tasking versus multi-tasking. The former is far more productive, with research indicating that 40% of our productivity is lost by the task-switching involved in multi-tasking.
- Schedule sync with your boss to set priorities:
A common challenge I’ve seen with many of my coaching clients that I raised with Eyal is that many people will block out time to focus on something important and their co-workers — their boss or peers — will book over it. To address this. Eyal recommends doing what he calls a weekly “schedule sync” with your boss. This is when, in keeping a time-boxed calendar, you sit down with your boss for 15 minutes at the beginning of each week and say, “Here’s my calendar for the week. Here’s how I plan to spend my time, and here’s the stuff I won’t get to on this other list.” This way, your boss will either agree with what you’ve planned, or help you reprioritize.
- Recalibrate your responsiveness to email.
Email is the “mother of all habit-firming products,” says Eyal. Our work product ends up suffering when we continuously check email throughout the day. “We keep checking email because if feels productive,” he says, “but we should be checking it based on our schedule and priorities, not someone else’s.” Email is much more efficient when we timebox it, as with other focused work. This could be ten minutes every hour, on the hour, or at other specified times of the day. It’s really up to you. “But hold to that time box,” says Eyal, “Check it on a schedule and not when your emotions get the best of you,” referencing our internal triggers — like feeling uncertain, stressed or anxious — that can often drive us to get distracted.
Eyal shared one of his favorite quotes by Paulo Coelho, “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.” We are human and get distracted. But we can take a responsible mindset and decide not to be, as we aspire to become indistractable.