Staying focused can be difficult. There are tons of distractions that can keep your head spinning and cause you to become a frazzled, disorganized mess if you don’t get a handle on your day. Even if you do put in your best effort, it’s still easy to lose track of what you were doing and waste precious time. Despite employing productivity techniques and making use of apps, sometimes other people — not you — are your worst enemy when it comes to getting a task done. Here are five people you want to avoid when it’s time to roll up your sleeves and complete quality work.
1. The phone person
We all know that one person who is hard to get off the phone. It could be a client, a salesperson, or even a family member. One way to handle this is to be firm and stop the conversation if it continues for too long.
“It’s really not damaging to tell someone who you’ve been listening to for more time than you have to spare (and more than you want to give away) that you’re really sorry, but you have work you have to do and you’ll have to continue this conversation later,” said Psychology Today contributor and psychotherapist F. Diane Barth. Also pay attention to your phone display. Make sure you’re able to recognize the numbers of people who try to make you their phone hostage. Write the number down if you have to. If you’re in the middle of an important project and you’re unable to re-focus your attention, send the call to voicemail and then call back when you have time to handle it.