3 Common Distractions That Add to Your Feelings of Overwhelm

December 5, 2018 | 1,372 views

3 Common Distractions That Add to Your Feelings of Overwhelm

3 Common Distractions That Add to Your Feelings of Overwhelm

Look at social media feeds and you think the concept of feeling overwhelmed is the vogue these days. That’s because everyone seems to be drowning in work, life, and play. As to-do lists stack higher and higher, so do the pressures we put on ourselves. If you’re looking to reduce feelings of overwhelm, look at these three common areas that could be sucking your energy reserves dry.


1. Your Office Environment

An office space is supposed to be conducive to productivity, right? And yet, many office spaces have adverse effects on how much people are able to accomplish. That’s much in thanks to a recent trend in office design that had architects and managers knocking down office walls and pulling doors off the hinges.


Open office spaces were once trendy but now it’s coming to life that the open office layout makes people less productive. As professionals start drowning in workloads, the feelings of overwhelm pile up. To-do lists don’t get chipped away at as quickly as one would like, which leads to frustration and burnout.


Solution: If you work in an open office space, consider showing that study to your boss and asking for a solution. Perhaps it’s investing in a quiet area where you can focus, or using headphones to signal you’re “in the zone.” No matter how you approach it, finding a way to be productive in your environment is critical to your overall happiness.


2. Technology

In many cases, technology is helpful — especially in business. It lets you tackle quick, small tasks on the go, like schedule changes. It keeps people in the loop on the changes, so there are fewer communication breakdowns. And yet, technology can be enormously distracting because it’s so readily accessible.


Solution: When information is at your fingertips, it’s important to learn how to budget your time. Avoid letting technology suck you into an unproductive void, heightening those feelings of overwhelm. Track your screen time, so you’re sure to only tap into technology when it’s beneficial and minimize the time you spent mindlessly scrolling. Being aware of your habits are the best ways to reduce overwhelm.


3. Outdated Habits

On the flipside of leaning too far into technology is leaning too far away from it. Outdated habits, such as still using a pen and paper for certain business tasks, can add unnecessarily tedious tasks to your already full workload.


Solution: As the New Year approaches, resolve to finally update those outdated processes wearing on your team. If you’re not sure what you should update or prioritize updating, ask your colleagues and team. The more you rally together to update your processes, the better off everyone will be going into 2019.


Resolve to End Overwhelm

Although we’ll never completely free ourselves from intermittent overwhelm, we don’t have to sit with it in our daily lives. By resolving to take measures to make changes that lead to overwhelm, we can reduce frustration and increase productivity in the long run.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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