We're constantly fighting distractions in the office: co-workers, e-mail and, basically, anything shiny.
Here are 6 simple strategies from Salary.com on how to get focused and get things done:
1. State your intentions.
People won't bother you if they know you don't want to be disturbed. Explain your goal to your manager and co-workers and that you're setting aside a specific time to work on that task.
2. Put your phone away.
I check my phone too much, you check your phone too much. It's pretty much a universal time-burglar these days. Set it to silent and get to work. If you're concerned about missing an appointment or commitment, set the alarm on your phone so you're not checking the time every 10 minutes.
3. Discover your natural productivity time
Some people do their best work in the morning, others late at night. Analyze your day and determine when you have the most energy and feel the most vibrant. Then set aside that time for your priorities.
4. Build a distraction-free zone
Go somewhere - anywhere - where you will not be bothered. If you have to stay in your office, close the door, don't answer your phone and see the next tip (in addition to #1).
5. Learn how to say 'No'.
You can't get anything done without free time, you can't make free time unless you learn how to say 'No', and you'll never have any free time again if you don't tackle what needs to be completed.
6. Get your head in the game
Need to finish a project but keep getting distracted? Hone your focus with the words of late Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch: “You can always make more money, but you’ll never get your time back.”