“Monk mode” is a trend that’s been gaining popularity on TikTok in 2023, with #monkmode racking up over 73 million views so far, according to Workamajig, a project management software tool.
Going “monk mode” means focusing on a single task and removing all digital distractions to achieve peak productivity at work.
“Monk moders” on TikTok are sharing their tips and advice on the best ways to reach peak “monk mode.”
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And they’re suggesting everything from meditation and isolation to exercise and even cutting out alcohol, which they claim can help them achieve maximum focus, according to Workamajig.
Career experts say “monk mode” can be a viable strategy to concentrate on job tasks to boost productivity.
Read on to learn more about the popular and viral trend.
Why is ‘monk mode’ catching on right now?
Esther Cohen, director of marketing at Workamajig, based in Oakhurst, New Jersey, told Fox News Digital that while the concept isn’t new, the trend is gaining popularity in 2023.
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It’s a response to the increasing number of obstacles that get in the way of productivity, thanks to the advancements and impact of technology and social media.
“Removing digital distractions is key to maximizing productivity, especially when working on critical projects or tasks.”
She reported that in a recent study, Workamajig surveyed over 1,600 U.S. employees across various industries to discover the most common productivity killers in the workplace.
The survey found that 90% of U.S. workers admit to using their cell phones for personal use while at work.
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“With nearly an hour-and-a-half of potential work wasted daily due to smartphone usage alone, so removing digital distractions is key to maximizing productivity, especially when working on critical projects or tasks,” Cohen continued.
What are the benefits of tuning into a work project — and turning off distractions?
External distractions like email and phone notifications create stimuli that make your brain believe they need urgent attention, Cohen told Fox News Digital.
Adopting the practice of “single-tasking” — devoting your complete attention to a single project or task — is the key to achieving peak productivity, she said, especially when doing deep work.
How do you achieve monk mode when focusing on a task, especially in a busy office setting?
When employees want to focus on a busy task in “monk mode,” they may need to deliberately set aside time, optimize their space for focus and use mental techniques to drown out the noise, said Christina Morrison, manager of HR Services, Insperity, in Boston.
Just as workers would schedule an important meeting, they can block time out on their calendar to focus on a task.
In addition to silencing your devices or notifications while working on a task, consider these tips to embrace the “monk mode” mentality to boost concentration.
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Schedule time to focus. Just as workers would schedule an important meeting, they can block time out on their calendar to focus on a task, said Morrison.
“Not only can this hold workers accountable for focusing on that task, but an actual calendar event can also prevent coworkers and managers from scheduling a conflict,” she tells Fox News.
Optimize the space. A quiet, private environment is ideal for “monk mode.”
Still, Morrison pointed out that not every worker has a private office, so employees should think carefully about how they can optimize their workspace for “monk mode.”
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For instance, working from home may be an option or booking a private conference room at the office.
If these are not available, noise-canceling headphones can help workers focus in a busy office, she suggested.
Use mental tricks to focus. The ability to focus or go into “monk mode” is not just about willpower.
“Focus is a skill that workers can cultivate and improve,” Morrison told Fox News.
“There are many proven techniques to improve overall focus, such as exercise, sufficient sleep, mindfulness and meditation,” she said.
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Specifically, when they are working, “professionals can also avoid multitasking and take short breaks to focus more effectively.”
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