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Distractions do to you what they do to others as well. Try this little test sometime. Look out for someone who is on the phone in your office. Make eye contact with that person, smile and wave or say “Hello”. That’s the first part of the test. The second is to observe the actions that follow. More often than not, people look puzzled or irritated as they try to get back to their conversation. Test over. You have just seen one effect of distractions at work.

The fact that distractions are inevitable while we are at work is well established. This is something we get used to and treat as part of our working lives. Yet many of us don’t realize the amount of time we lose through these distractions. Apart from the sheer amount of time that’s lost, each distraction is an interruption to our thought process and in whatever we are doing. It takes time and effort to, ” re-boot” our system in a manner of speaking, to deal with whatever we were doing -before falling prey to that latest distraction.

Did you know that there are actually different types of distraction? See what Meg Edwards, Coach at the well known productivity improvement specialists firm, The David Allen Company has to say. She writes of 5 types of distractions and how to deal with them. I found this article to be useful with high practical value.

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This is Post No: 326 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.