How Giving In To Your Biggest Distraction Can Help You Be More Productive

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Yield to your biggest distraction to become more productive, isn’t it a paradox? A recent article,Want to Be More Productive? Give In to Your Biggest Distraction by Mike Renahan shows that if we roster time for our favorite distraction, it can help us become more productive in the long run because we lose the desire to carelessly act on that time waster.

Let’s discuss how.

Theory of Constraint says that once you identify your biggest distraction, you can schedule it as part of your day, making it crucial to your routine versus something that ruins your time management.

Start putting the theory into action by following the three steps below. Let’s make our distractions our strengths.

1. Identify your #1 distraction.

Observe your day in a coworking office space and identify the time waster that prevents you from being productive. Here are some common ones:

  • Coworkers
  • Social media
  • Long lunches
  • Meetings
  • Email
  • Google searches “Just for fun”

2. Make the #1 distraction part of your day.

Once you identify your # 1 distraction, give yourself fifteen-minute break to do it. For instance, grab coffee with a friend in your Team Office Space, read blog posts, or check your Facebook or Twitter.

By making the time waster part of our day, we can give ourselves a break while still staying on schedule. You return to your task revitalized and refocused, that’s called goal reactivation.

3. Schedule everything else.

After you’ve identified your weak point and allot time for that distraction, schedule the rest of your day. Each block on your calendar should be assigned to one task and one task only.

Having a clear schedule in place improves productivity.


Follow these three steps to stay productive without giving up your favorite distraction. However, there are workplace distractions that can impede productivity like poor office layout, noisy coworkers and unexpected meetings. If you want to maximize productivity, YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space and meeting space for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready- our offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.

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