Email overload, Twitter updates, monster slippers... Top 10 ways to avoid distractions at work

The secret is to keep colleagues at bay and do a job you love...

...checked daily with the 'for information' emails stored to be read at a later date.

While responding to messages on an iPhone or BlackBerry can seem to be a way of cutting the email clutter, it can also become a way to avoid difficult tasks, according to Impact Consulting's Bardzil.

"These are easy to deal with and can lead to an avoidance approach - which appears to be work but isn't really - and individuals can end up generating loads of unnecessary exchanges just because it is so easy to do," Bardzil said.

8. Embrace the Friday slump

There will always be times in the working day or week when for one reason or another you are not at your best. Instead of attempting to plough on with work regardless, try to use this time for less challenging tasks.

For instance, read through the emails you didn't have time to look through before but contain information you need to know, file your expenses claim or catch up on industry news.

9. Do work you enjoy

When you are bored of your job, you are likely to want to be distracted, which makes staying focused virtually impossible.

Nigel Marlow, principal lecturer of business and consumer psychology at London Metropolitan University, told that to stay motivated at work, individuals should focus on how their job contributes to the business.

"Have an eye on the bigger picture all the time and know where your work and what you're doing fits in with the rest of the firm," Marlow said.

"If the company has a mission and everyone is aware of it and they understand how they are contributing to it, then [employees] will motivate themselves as long as they agree with the mission," he added.

If you are not engaged with the overall mission, but are instead motivated by cash incentives or perks, Marlow said sooner or later this motivation will wear off.

To find ways to make your work more interesting and fulfilling you either need to discuss getting involved with new projects within your organisation, or you might have to think about finding a new job altogether.

10. Work less

It may sound counterintuitive, but giving yourself less time to work could help you to achieve more.

Marlow points to the fact that during the three-day working week enforced during the 1980s miners' strike, "production hardly fell".

However, you don't have to try to convince your boss that you should be working a three-day week to work more productively. Instead try to divide your day up into segments with a different task for each time segment and include some downtime for easier tasks.

"Psychologically, you can't concentrate for more than 40 minutes at a time. To think that you are going to come in at nine o'clock and work 100 per cent for eight or seven hours is unrealistic," Marlow said.

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