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6 Reasons You Can't Get Anything Done at Work

With So Many Distractions, Here's How to Keep Your Head Down & Remain Focused

2. You're Checking Your Phone Too Much

If you find your ears buzzing with the sound of e-mail and phone notifications, you need to turn them off. During your focused time, the only thing that should be humming, dinging or otherwise singing, is your brain.

Think about the way you’ve set up your workspace and your devices. Take a moment to turn your mobile phone to silent and close your email window. To avoid the irresistible urge to check the news, weather, or YouTube, there are a variety of apps that will turn off Web pages temporarily so you won’t be tempted. And if you’re worried that you’ll lose track of the time while on task, set a timer for the required increment you’ll need to reach completion.