Easy Steps to Do at Work When Your Mind is Just Too Distracted

09 January 2023

What do you do on days that your mind is just distracted and you can’t get it to work?

Perhaps you are crushing on someone and have been daydreaming about “chance” encounters or your own rom-com happening in your life. Perhaps you got accepted to your dream school or job and you can’t stop thinking about how your days will look like in that environment. Perhaps you had a recent accomplishment and you can’t stop imagining the comments of the people around you about your achievement.

There are many times when the mind is distracted, it refuses to do things like work or household chores. They want to stay with their moment of bliss that they replay it two million times in their head before they even push the green button with the work that they have to do.

The next thing they know is that it’s already nearing the deadline and they’re typing like crazy or finishing a handmade project in minutes that they could have done during their daydreaming time.

But trust us. We’ve been there too. It’s easier said than done to just stop the distractions so you can go smash out work. But there are many things to do in order to snap out of it and finally do the work you have to do. Here are a few of them.

1. Identify the distraction.

You have to know the root of the problem in order to solve it. What’s exactly distracting you at this very moment? Why is it distracting you? Could you think about it another time and finish work first? It can always still bring you joy even if you forego daydreaming about it for a while and do work. How you terminate the distraction also depends on the nature of the distraction. For instance, if the distraction is your mom asking you a million questions, by all means, let her ask away but be mindful of the time too. Once your allocated break time in your head is done, you can always gently tell your mom that you have to work already.

2. Move away from the distraction or move it away.

If it’s your phone, then put it at a place that will be hard for you to access and be such a hassle that you still need to stand up just to get your phone. Moving away from it is our next point.

3. Change your environment.

Switch it up by changing the layout of your work desk, organizing your stuff, and/or literally going to a restaurant, cafe, or park and working there instead. If you have a friend who’s open to crash over at her / his house, then ask permission and go there with food for the family. You can use their Internet in peace.

You also don’t have to move too far away or even outside the house. You can just clean your workspace and it’ll look like a whole new area for you.

4. Time yourself.

If you need the pressure to finish what you need to do, then put pressure on the activity. If they say you should be doing a three-minute plank, impress them when you can already do a plank that goes straight into a split.

5. Invest in tools that will help you stay focused and alert until the job is done.

One great investment that customers have sworn by is ergonomic furniture. It boosts their productivity and improves their efficiency. For instance, standing desks make it convenient to shift from standing up to sitting down and vice versa. The change in position helps them to stay alert and when they’re standing up, their senses are heightened.

Here are ergonomic furniture that can help one focus when distracted:

Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (EF1)

If you’re just starting out, it’s smart to pick a basic unit, the EF1. This particular standing desk from FlexiSpot has five desktop color options: bamboo, mahogany, maple, black, and white. The height range is 28” to 47.6” while the desk frame comes in white, grey, and black. You may add a dual or single monitor mount that could be clamped on the desktop. Like the other desk mentioned above, you may also add caster wheels to this unit upon purchase.

The lifting speed is one inch per second while producing a sound no louder than 50 decibels. The weight capacity is 154 pounds or 70 kilograms. It also has inverted legs. This desk comes with a height-programmable control panel with four memory buttons to save your sitting and standing height preferences.

Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair

This ergonomic chair from FlexiSpot proudly features a 3D lumbar support system, 135-degree lounge tilt, and 4D adjustable armrests.

It has three height adjustment levels with a system that gently rebounds. The elegantly curved backrest will conform to the neck and spine which will provide the maximum headrest and lumbar support. The armrests are adjustable in four dimensions that contour effortlessly to the arms and elbows. It is made of Italian-imported chenille and K+R temperature-sensitive fiber that will provide maximum ventilation and the most delicate of fabrics. It also features the best-in-industry Samhongsa Class 4 Gas Lift which guarantees that this chair will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Sit-Stand desk Converter M7-32”

Instantly upgrade your workstation with a desk converter. This particular product has a spacious 31.5” wide work surface that can easily fit two 24” monitors and a 28.4” wide quick-release keyboard tray. It makes use of high-powered gas springs that makes adjusting the height of the product smooth and stable. It is specially engineered with a bracing system that can respond immediately to rapid falls even if the desk is at full capacity. For extra safety, the desktop comes with rubber crash-prevention pads and the legs have protective rubber feet. You can easily install a monitor mount, thanks to the product’s integrated monitor mounting grommet.

Final Word

When all else fails, you really just have to do it. Force your mind and it will have no choice but to ease into the work and finish the job at hand.