Remaining Focused in an Open Floor Plan

We’ve talked previously about the positives and the negatives of an open office floor plan, and now we have advice to offer on how to handle an open floor plan as an employee.

Many businesses are committing to open floor plan concepts and it’s important to understand how to remain focused within them.

Music Matters
If your office allows you to listen to music or podcasts while working, purchase a nice pair of headphones. Many employees that work within an open floor concept can often be seen listening to music or podcasts to drown out noise around them. In many office settings, headphones are representative of a “do not disturb sign.” If someone has headphones in, they are likely focusing on a task that needs their undivided attention.

Take a Minute
Working within an open floor concept does get occasionally get stressful. With people frequently chatting with one another, loud phone conversations, and people walking around, there can be a lot of distractions. If you are able to designate your own breaks, give yourself several periodic ones throughout the day. Stepping away from your screen can help increase your ability to focus when you return.

Lunch Alone
When you work on an open floor concept, you will likely spend most of your day interacting with others. For people that are extroverted, this isn’t a problem. However, if you are someone that cherishes your “me-time,” don’t be afraid to take lunch alone here and there. We all need time to ourselves, especially during a chaotic day at work. Getting a few minutes to ourselves can help reduce daily stress.

Mind the Time
If the office quiets down before 7 a.m., after 4 p.m., our around noon, take note of that and use it to your advantage. Offices definitely have unsaid “quiet time,” you just have to notice it and commit to working hard at those times. If you are someone that works better with quiet, make sure you take note of when the office does die down and work on tougher projects at that time.

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