Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. http://managingyourmind.com/ is a speaker, coach, and author of several books, including “Defeating the Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress.” She shares tips on dealing with distractions at work.
Every workplace has at least a few distractions. At what point do you have "too many" distractions?
Some days, it can feel like it's impossible to get anything done at work. Between phone calls, unexpected visitors, chatty co-workers and a never-ending stream of emails, you're lucky if you can concentrate on anything for five minutes.
While an occasional distraction can be a welcome break from your day, constant interruptions can really affect your productivity. And even the best multi-tasker usually needs total focus for really important tasks. So how to keep distractions from derailing your workday?