Do Not Click This Link -- 14 Ways to Manage Distractions at Work

Tips for Identifying, Managing & Overcoming Workplace Distractions

8. Block Out Background Noise

When background noise shifts from a low buzz into conversational tidbits you’d rather not hear, fight back.

If ear buds are acceptable, use them with or without music (bonus: they’re also an interruption inhibitor). If this is not a viable option, insert standard earplugs. They look better than your fingers and work so well, you may need to face visitors at your doorway or post an explanatory sign. If possible, invest in a desktop white noise machine.

Silence may be golden, but a rushing waterfall or blowing wind beats hearing about Jan’s love life again.