The Distraction Reaction

Bob Goldman on

Remember when going to work meant you actually left your house?

Remember when you sat next to someone who wasn't your roommate, your spouse, your child or your doodle?

You tried to work, but it was impossible. You were constantly distracted by endless interruptions and meaningless conversations you simply had to overhear, all amid the cacophony of mumbles, bumbles, burps, sighs, curses and moans playing nonstop in the background.

How great was that?

But now you work from home, and all your annoying co-workers are working from their homes, too. It's a major downside of our new remote work style -- if we want distractions, we have to invent them ourselves.

But, hey, maybe not everyone wants distractions.


Ashira Prossack, a writer for Forbes, sure doesn't. The workplace consultant recently published "6 Easy Ways to Overcome Work from Home Distractions." The article was clearly aimed at anyone who wanted to "overcome those distractions and take control of your work day."

For someone who wants to escape their workday, these ideas may be of limited interest, but here's what Prossack recommends for creating a distraction-free workplace, and here's what you can do to prevent it.

No. 1: "Stick to your regular work schedule."

If you want to replicate your "formerly normal working experience," keeping a familiar schedule and routine can help. If a "formerly normal working experience" is exactly what you want to avoid, consider switching it up. Sleep until noon, and spend the rest of the day tending to your sourdough starter. That starter is a major distraction. You created it, and now it demands constant attention and encouragement. It's your own personal Frankenstein monster, and, never forget, it's out to get you.


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