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Every workplace has its fair share of distractions. From phones ringing, to door alarms and chatter, it is easy for anyone to get sidetracked while on the clock. In fact, short bursts of distractions are completely normal. However, too many distractions can begin to impact your productivity, affecting your quality of work. To avoid any negative consequences from one too many distractions, please follow the below suggestions.

Get Organized. For many of us, the most frequent distractions can come from a disorganized workspace. Piles of paperwork, misplaced files, miscellaneous receipts, the list can go on. To avoid unnecessary distractions, organize your primary workspace. Create a filing system for your various projects and assignments and purchase a few letter trays and desktop organizers and experience the difference in your productivity first-hand!

Silence Your Cell. As any movie theater will direct you before a show, please silence your phone. Why? Because it is a distraction to you and those around you. Silencing your cellphone is also a good idea in the workplace. Turn off your notifications, silence your phone and put it away in your desk drawer to limit distractions and interferences.

Tune It All Out. If you become distracted by those around you, you can tune out the distractions by shutting your office door or plugging in your headphones. Create a playlist of your favorite songs or enjoy the many stations and playlists, across numerous streaming channels, that are designed specifically for higher concentration and focus.

-Dina Barabash
Content Development and Web Specialist, NASBA