How to Minimize Distractions in Open Air Offices
Open offices with fewer walls and doors are meant to foster collaboration and team communication, which is why they’ve become a popular trend in office spaces. Unfortunately, they’re noisy and full of distractions.
Luckily, there are a few simple tips and tricks you can try to reduce distractions and improve productivity.
Invest in Noise-Canceling Headphones
A good pair of noise-canceling headphones can really make a difference in a loud environment, canceling up to 90% of outside noise.
Listen to Soothing Music
If you find regular playlists too distracting, try lyric-free instrumental music or ambient music.
Enable Do Not Disturb
G-Chat, Slack, Facebook Messenger — any number of workplace messenger apps can keep you from focusing on the task at hand, especially with notifications chiming through your headphones. Enabling the Do Not Disturb feature allows you to continue receiving messages without the notification boxes or sounds.
Reward yourself with scheduled 5-to-10 minute breaks for every 30 minutes of pure task-focused work you complete. You’ll find it easier to concentrate for longer periods of time when you have an upcoming break to relieve your brain, eyes, and spirit.