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Understanding Workplace Distractions and Desired Habits: Insights from Our LinkedIn Survey

Jun 15, 2023

At Focus Bear, we understand the challenges professionals face when it comes to maintaining focus and productivity in the modern workplace. To gain deeper insights into common distractions and desired habits, we conducted a survey on LinkedIn, engaging with 503 individuals.

Our aim was to gather valuable information for the development of our distraction management and habit formation app, Focus Bear. Although we did not explicitly inquire about participants' neurodivergent status, the survey results provide valuable insights for anyone seeking to enhance their concentration and productivity. In this article, we will summarize the key findings from our survey and explore their significance.

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Professions and Distractions

Our survey revealed a diverse range of professions among the participants, with UI/UX Designers, Graphic Designers, and Web Developers emerging as the top three occupations. These findings indicate that professionals from various backgrounds encounter similar challenges in maintaining focus and avoiding distractions in the workplace.

We found that social media was the most prevalent distraction, with platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok being frequently cited by participants. These results highlight the pervasive nature of social media and its potential to divert attention away from work-related tasks. Additionally, participants mentioned other distractions such as games, news websites, and messaging applications. These findings underscore the importance of developing effective strategies to manage online activities and minimize distractions.

Desired Habits for Improved Focus

When we asked participants about the habits they wished to develop, we gained valuable insights into the practices that could potentially enhance their focus and productivity. The top desired habit identified was exercising, with a significant number of participants recognizing the benefits of physical activity on mental well-being and concentration. We understand the positive impact of exercise on cognitive function and have incorporated this knowledge into the Focus Bear app.

Meditation, professional development, and reading were also popular habits mentioned by participants. These practices are known to cultivate mindfulness, expand knowledge, and improve cognitive abilities. We have taken note of these preferences and ensured that Focus Bear includes features that guide users through meditation exercises and offer resources for professional development and reading materials.

Implications and Recommendations

The insights gathered from our survey have significant implications for the development of the Focus Bear app and offer broader recommendations for individuals seeking to improve their focus and productivity in the workplace. Understanding the common distractions and desired habits of professionals has guided us in designing the app to meet users' needs and preferences effectively.

To address the prevalence of social media distractions, we have already incorporated distraction blocking features into Focus Bear. Users can temporarily block or limit access to certain platforms during designated work periods, allowing them to focus on their tasks without unnecessary interruptions. Additionally, we have integrated reminders and prompts for exercise, meditation, and reading to help users establish and maintain these beneficial habits.

Furthermore, considering the diversity of professions among our survey participants, we recognize the importance of tailoring the app to the specific needs and challenges faced by various occupational groups. For instance, UI/UX Designers may require features that facilitate focused design work, while Software Engineers may benefit from tools that help manage complex coding tasks. We have strived to incorporate industry-specific features and customization options to cater to the unique requirements of different professionals.


Our LinkedIn survey, which engaged with 503 professionals, has provided valuable insights into workplace distractions and desired habits. The prevalence of social media as a distraction highlights the need for effective strategies to manage online activities. The desired habits identified, such as exercise, meditation, and reading, can significantly improve focus and productivity.

At Focus Bear, we have already implemented distraction blocking features and integrated guided routines for exercise, meditation, and reading. By leveraging these findings, we have tailored the app to meet the needs of professionals across various industries. We are committed to continuously refining and improving Focus Bear to empower individuals in achieving their goals and enhancing their productivity.

We encourage individuals to apply these insights to their own lives as well. Recognizing the impact of social media on productivity, setting boundaries and time limits for online activities can greatly improve focus. Moreover, integrating physical exercise, meditation, and reading into daily routines can contribute to improved concentration and overall well-being.

Together, let's harness the power of Focus Bear to unlock our true potential and cultivate a focused and productive work environment.

Jun 15, 2023

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