A search for ways to cut down on workplace distractions is what led to the creation of OBEX panel extender and desktop privacy panel products in the first place. So, it’s no wonder that we also like to keep abreast of all the other ways employees can learn to cope with noisy office interruptions. Here are a few great tips from around the web at places like ChatterBlocker, Office Smurf, and GIGAOM.
Promote Good Etiquette: This is about more than not making calls from your cubicle on speaker phone. Make it a habit to take extended conversations into a conference room to avoid talking in group work areas. Encourage others to follow your example.
Mask the Sounds: Products like ChatterBlocker, white noise machines, pink noise machines, music played through headphones, or simply the whirring of a fan can be a big help in drowning out unwanted noise.
Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Instead of having an annoyed response to the sounds that break your concentration, simply notice them and then get back to work. Spending less mental energy on anger means you can get back “in the zone” faster. Daily meditation can also train your mind to stay in the moment and be less distractible.
Adjust Your Schedule: Work on tasks that require little concentration during the noisiest hours at the office. Or, make a pact with other office employees that the first hour of the day is “no talking” time.