Most Common Distractions at Work (And How to Tackle Them)

1. Office Noise

If you work in a big or small office, we`re sure you’ve experienced that offices can get really loud, whether it’s conversations, phone calls, music or other noises.

1. Office Noise

If you have an office, the simplest thing to do is close the door so you can get some privacy and focused, quiet time.

2. Social Media

Like your smartphone usage and email, try to set specific timeframes or parameters when you will check social media.

3. Chatty Co-Workers

If you’re having problems with persistently chatty or distracting team members, try having a discrete conversation with them about the impact it’s having on your day.

4. Smartphone Usage (And Other Devices)

It’s very tempting to check our phones, even if we’re working on an important project. The solution? Put your phone in a drawer or move it out of arm’s length so you won’t be tempted to take a quick look.

5. Email Consumption

Rather than viewing and answering emails one by one, let them accumulate and then set aside focused time to process and respond to the emails.

6. Meetings

Meetings today consume more work hours than ever before. Most employees attend 62 meetings a month, but half of these are considered a waste of time.

6. Meetings

For meetings to be productive and worthwhile, it’s essential that each meeting has a clear agenda and leader.

7. Multitasking

Multitasking slows us down, and reduces focus, energy and productivity. Our brains simply cannot effectively handle working on tasks simultaneously.

7. Multitasking

In order to use our time effectively and to increase productivity and creativity, it’s essential we understand what’s distracting us and create the systems to stop it.



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