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5 ways to avoid distractions during your workday

Staying focused in a busy work environment can be difficult, with ringing phones, an overflowing inbox of emails – not to mention the lure of a quick text or checking social media.

So if you find yourself getting easily distracted by colleagues, conversations, your desk environment or email alerts, check out our top five tips to help minimise these distractions and stay focused.

Break larger tasks down

On first approach, large tasks appear overwhelming which can then lead to welcome interruptions and reduced productivity. If you split a project up into smaller tasks that require less time, you will feel like the end goal is more achievable. Smaller tasks are generally easier to tackle – ensuring you’re more likely to stay on track to getting the larger task completed.

Work with productive colleagues 

It seems obvious but if you surround yourself with the most productive people in the workplace, you are likely to also be more productive. If you sit next to or work alongside someone who works diligently this will inspire you to do the same and reduce the chance of being unnecessarily interrupted.

Set boundaries with colleagues that distract you

If you find yourself working alongside someone who gets distracted easily, set some boundaries with them so they are conscious of when you need to concentrate on a task that you need to work on. You can politely tell someone you need to work on a specific task without hurting their feelings. Just advise them of your timeframe in response to their question or what the request might be. 

Make time to take a break

Regular breaks are important to give your brain a rest and recharge your batteries. Include social time in your diary each day where you re-energise and motivate yourself for the next task on your list. Consider going to the gym, taking a walk in the local park or spending some time in the sunshine for some vitamin D.


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