Did you know that research has proven that one interruption takes approximately 23 minutes to get back to the task at hand? That means that every time you are interrupted by a chiming text message, a FaceBook notification, a chatty coworker, or so on, time is wasted trying to get back on track.
To make matters worse, the same research indicates that 11 minutes is often the most amount of time you get to focus before the next interruption comes along. That’s a lot to take in.
At Elements Massage Red Mountain, we are all about finding a deep sense of peace, relaxation, and concentration. To boost productivity, mind/body wellness, and mood, we encourage our clients to avoid as many interruptions as possible. While we realize that you can’t control your environment, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the constant struggle:
- Keep it Simple
Every day pick one main task that you want to accomplish. Write it down, put it on a sticky note, your calendar, your homescreen, just put it somewhere front and center where you’ll be sure to see it multiple times that day. Use this simple trick to refocus yourself after a distraction or interruption. The point is to return to this one task until it is complete.
- Isolation Yourself
Wherever you are: home, office, coffee shop, or car, find a space that is occupied solely by yourself to create undisturbable time. It’s important to respect your space to understand how it can contribute to your productivity. Note, this may require a few conversations with those that are around you.
- Bye Bye Notifications
Digital devices are culprits of a distracted mind. They act as portals that can zoom you away from the present to the news, social media, email, and so on. Instead, turn off all notifications on your phone and pay attention to how often you pick up your phone when you are supposed to be doing something.
At Elements Massage Red Mountain, we are here to help you find you. For a real brain break, come visit our studio for a truly therapeutic experience that can re-hone your focus and boost your creative energies.