Showing posts with label distract. Show all posts
Showing posts with label distract. Show all posts

Mar 10, 2016

Why We're Stressed: The Cookie Crunch

Dear office worker,

I'll get right to the point. The workplace, as we know it today, is one of the most amazing and beautiful socioeconomic experiments ‎of the past two centuries. Why? Because there's no show like it anywhere else on Earth. I'm sure you would agree.

This is why the office just plain fascinates me, and ultimately made me want to leave it for good. I no longer wanted to participate in this great experiment, so I just quit cold turkey :)

Aug 29, 2015

Is Your Office DOPE?

http://WorkingQuietly.com/2015/08/introvert-office-dope-depend-people-work-alone.html
A lot of us are in the office every day. The office is where the "work" is, and it's also where the people are. So, you'll probably be dealing with a lot of people in the course of completing your work. This is unavoidable.

But, when was the last time you were able to do something entirely on your own, without the need to reach out to one or more colleagues to get the job done? Wouldn't that be nice?

Nov 21, 2014

Take Back 30 Minutes Now: 3 Easy Ways

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people reading this wish they could have more time in a day to get their work done. I certainly do, but for years I got confused by the concept of "time management" and assumed that it involved the copious use of day planners and a rigid second-by-second accounting of my time. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

Thankfully, I was wrong about that. So wrong. You don't need a time management system to reclaim your schedule back. You just need to keep reading!

Nov 9, 2014

BEST. DAY. EVER. These gutsy introvert moves will give you the ultimate edge at work!

Hey there fellow introvert, how goes the struggle at work? Sometimes, after a long hard week at the office, it can be tough to find some reasons why we still like our job and want to keep working with the people around us.

I used to work in an office every day, and I had no shortage of reasons to be frustrated with my coworkers and the impossible situations they put me in every day. As a person working in the software field, the people around me would never hesitate to ask me to pull off miracles for them when they needed a last-minute technology fix.

Nov 1, 2014

3 Signs You're A People Pleaser

How was your week?  Honestly, I've had better, but as the old cliché says it's the tougher times that build character and make us appreciate how far we've come in our lives and careers.

Throughout my own career, I learned a lot of things about how to work in an office, and how to work with people.  I'll be honest, just like some people crave coffee while others prefer to drink something else, I have never had a strong craving for dealing with people. So, any skills I have learned have been purely for tactical reasons, to make me more effective in my job.

Oct 25, 2014

3 Signs You're Over Stimulated At Work

When was the last time you really got to concentrate at work?  I'm not talking about just shutting your door for just a few minutes (if you have one) and drowning out the noise for a few minutes. I'm talking about the kind of concentration where you lose track of time and nothing else matters, except the thing you are working on.

Oct 5, 2014

The Project Whisperer: Every Team Needs One

If projects were easy, we wouldn't need to hire professionals to get them done. This is common sense, and it underscores why our work is supposed to be hard, and why we hone our skills and abilities when we face difficult challenges in our work, and win those challenges.

But, are there occasions when people and personalities might get in the way of a successful outcome? I have seen this happen many times over the years, and it is why every effective team needs a project whisperer.

Sep 28, 2014

The #1 Secret Of The Confident Professional Introvert

Are you an introvert working in a professional setting? Do you feel like you are keeping a secret that you don't want to let anybody find out?

In a professional work environment, the desire to project a clean, comfortable and bland image for your coworkers and clients is often the biggest concern for an introvert who wants to prove to others that they can "fit in". Is there a better way?

Aug 31, 2014

5 Magic Words That Speed Up Your Conversations At Work

Comic Book Background - End Your Conversations!
If you work in an office, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with a wide variety of personalities on a daily basis. As an introvert, I can honestly say that one of the biggest threats to my concentration and creativity at work was the looming prospect of getting derailed into a lengthy conversation with a coworker. This would typically result in my brain getting over-saturated with loads of new unconnected information, causing me to lose focus in my projects for lengthy periods of time.

Aug 24, 2014

The #1 Threat To Creativity At Work, and How To Fix It

If you work in an office, how many times have you been immersed in workplace seminars, or lectures from your manager, on the subject of increasing productivity? Do you consider yourself to be a productive person? Are you afraid to answer that question?

In today's workplace, we are inundated by extroverted values and attitudes, in a number of obvious and subtle different ways. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the image of the über productive employee has been deliberately crafted with a bias towards measuring a person's verbal output, rather than measuring their actual results over a period of time.

Aug 2, 2014

How to Put An End to Your Multitasking

Martini Glass with file folders - Multitasking - Drunk With Distractions
If there is one element of our modern society that I wish we could eliminate, or at least tone down, it is our propensity towards embracing "multitasking" as a source of productivity. Where did the multitasking movement come from, and why has it been accepted as a cure-all for getting our work done, when us introverts know so well that it isn't a sustainable way for us to lead our professional lives?

May 27, 2014

Deconstructing Your Distractions

Distracted person
As introverts and as creative people, it is probably fair to say that our personality traits will sometimes come into conflict with our ability to see a project through to completion. Because we also realize how much we are affected by the everyday activities that happen around us, part of our "secret sauce" to prolonged periods of creativity is our ability to reduce, not increase, the amount of stimulation that we expose ourselves to.

Ironically, I have often found that it is my own environment that distracts me the most, and that some of my best creative work has been accomplished by deliberately leaving my creative den, and removing those unneeded tools and gadgets that motivate me to break my concentration. So, what are these tools of distraction? Some of the answers might surprise you.