The value of a good distraction

Published on:
May 7, 2020

As we look toward the end of Week 8, is anyone else losing their sense of time? The days run into each other and you're not really sure when the work week ends. If you're busy, then it's even worse. Thank goodness for the distraction of a sunny Seattle day. This weekend is supposed to be even nicer. If you go outside, enjoy the early taste of summer but have a face mask at the ready. It will be crowded.

In the meantime, here are a couple of thoughts and suggestions to consider.

- According to some estimates, the average knowledge worker is productive for about three hours a day, and ideally, these hours should be free of interruptions or multitasking. Even before Covid-19, we found it difficult to carve out 60-90 minute chunks of time to focus on core tasks. With the boundary between work and home removed, your time has never been more fragmented. Yet trying to squeeze in work (yes, that includes email) whenever you have a few spare minutes during personal or family time not only generates resentment from those around us but is unhealthy. Now more than ever, enforce the boundaries between home and work.

- Loads of us are feeling stressed and anxious. Tamping these feelings down only makes them worse. Acknowledge them, reflect on how they make you feel and call out what’s causing them. Now go for a walk in nature. Catch up with an old friend. Meditate. Do a workout. Rearrange your bookshelf. None of these will banish the feelings, but they will restore balance, context and sense of control.

You can find more tips for making the most of your time at home here.  If you have any you'd like to share, email us in your own time and we’ll post them!

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