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What to Do When You’re Feeling Distracted at Work

By Amy Gallo

Sometimes there’s so much going on in your life, and in the world, that you can’t focus. What can you do when every time you sit down at your desk, you feel distracted? How can you get back to feeling focused and productive?

What the experts say

Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with, says Susan David, founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and author of Emotional Agility.1 This is especially true because most of us are constantly bombarded by news alerts, text messages, and other interruptions. And even on days when you might feel industrious, you have to contend with what’s going on with your coworkers. “We very subtly pick up on ...

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