How to Avoid Distractions at Work and Accomplish More

Sometimes you can be tempted to think that your place of work is meant to break you. This is because of the increased amount of distractions that are there.

They come in different ways. For instance: from people, technology, activities in the workplace or even music (that can happen a lot in shops and warehouses).

Imagine you are working then your favorite tune fills the air. Maybe you find yourself nodding your head or tapping your feet. Or – if it’s a shop and it’s Christmas season – thinking “Oh no, not again!”

In any case you can’t help it, you find yourself singing along. Out loud or in your head.

With this turn of events, abandoning the current task you are doing is likely. And you’ll be sure to accomplish less that day in terms of work.

Here are some of the things that cause distractions to us and how we can avoid getting side-tracked by them,

Social Media

Despite these platforms sometimes enhancing communication (or at least speeding it up), they might be our undoing.

While in the office you might find yourself wasting time on Facebook, Twitter (especially if you’re running a country), WhatsApp. Instagram and Snapchat.

So it’s important that you keep track of your presence on social media in order to still be able to accomplish a lot of work.

Only visit social media sites when you need to check some important information or you want to send a quick message to someone.

Phone calls

Some phone calls are just a distraction. You might just be busy with your work then a call from a friend or work colleague comes in. The basis of the call might just not be of great importance at the moment.

For instance, your friend suggesting you to go hang out while you are working – maybe at a break, maybe after work, maybe just an extended water cooler moment. You might be tempted to leave your work location instantly.

Actually, lots of people will give in. Sometimes just for the exuse of “I need a break”.

That is when you start losing out.

To avoid this kind of distraction at work and let yourself accomplish more, you have to be disciplined, assertive, discerning and have self control.

Those attributes will help you come up with a plausible excuse to avoid getting side tracked even though you’d appreciate a short break from whatever you’re doing.

Working Environment

The place you are working from plays a vital role in your concentration.

For instance, if the environment is noisy then your concentration may not be up to the test unless you’re one of those teenagers who seem incapable of operating unless thrash metal is being played at deafening levels.

So, for you to accomplish more, your working environment has to be conducive.

If it isn’t, you can maybe let the management or HR department know and hope they’ll be able to sort it out. If it’s one or two people then you can ask them to quiet down – surely they don’t need conversations that involve the whole office every time they open their mouth. Be prepared to speak to them nicely as that’s more likely to get the problem resolved.


Technology in theory makes work easier.

But it can also be a distraction to us.

For instance, our phones and laptops can really be harsh to our concentration.

Once In a while you might be tempted to play some games installed on your phone or laptop. Or check the latest news (again)

The feeling of watching a nice YouTube clip on your laptop might tempt you to stop working for a while.

So be careful to use technology rather than let technology use you.

Browsing the Internet

At our place of work, research is a very important function.

So you can often find yourself browsing something to get more information or those essential background facts for your next presentation.

Some advertisement might pop up  – news sites seem particularly adept at this, even with ad blocking – or may blend so well into the site that you don’t realise something’s happened until the next page loads.

This kind of activity will end up distracting you.

If your IT department hasn’t already taken steps to limit this kind of problem, talk to them about it.

Doing that will ensure the computers or other research equipment at work are used only for their intended purpose. Distractions will be avoided and a lot more work will be achieved.

Because those distractions come with a price to pay. They have many disadvantages which include:

Causing conflicts, especially when people are arguing about a non-issue. These non-issues mostly come when there are too many reasons to not focus on the job at hand. People may get to argue, in turn creating grudges.

Reduced output can happen. This is because – as a worker – your mind will be taken away from your duties. You will spend a lot of time doing the less important stuff (any excuse!) and your output is reduced or its quality drops.

It is expensive: distractions might mean you don’t get as much of a raise at your next review. They can creep into all sorts of things even if you don’t think that’s happened.

It wastes a lot of time – whenever you get side tracked, too much time gets wasted.

You’ll spend a lot of time doing the less important stuff at the expense of your main work. Before you know it, you’ll have missed a target or deadline.

Most of the time, in order to achieve more at your work keeping from getting side tracked too often  is vital.

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