Some find that the opportunity to mingle and network during the workday makes it easier to socialize instead of focus. Others find events, company rituals, and office extras to be distracting. Reports indicate that more people than ever feel distracted by their open-plan offices and coworking-inspired mobility of desks and furniture.
With the right tools and strategies at your disposal, it’s easy to remain productive at work. For those who get easily distracted by extraneous noises, investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones can be an excellent solution. This lets you block out the extra noise of people networking and collaborating when you have to work alone. When you want to network or collaborate, just remove your headphones, and you will be ready to go.
You can rely on an application to track your progress or productivity. There are numerous time management applications for all smartphone operating systems and many are free. An alternative to using these apps is giving yourself a schedule throughout the day that includes time dedicated to networking and taking advantage of other opportunities. You can also give yourself an allocated amount of time for a break after a certain amount of work, such as five minutes of socializing or getting coffee after an hour and a half of productivity.
Many people find it much easier to stay productive in an open office environment if they don’t have the option to move around all day—from couch to standing desk to sitting desk. On the other hand, some people will find the ability to choose a different spot to sit each day leads to increased productivity. You may do better with a change of scenery, and this flexibility lets you move to an unoccupied area with fewer distractions, but make sure you’re being honest about what works for you and structure your seating movements to avoid distractions.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the features where you work to boost your productivity. There’s a reason many people prefer working at the office with their colleagues over working from home. If you are working on something and get stuck, ask other people for help, or to sit and think through it with you.