As the last month of summer rolls in, you may be trying to squeeze in any last minute trips or plans. Don’t let the excitement of escaping your desk for a few days distract you too much from your work. This month, we’re focusing on how to eliminate distractions from your office and the most common reasons why employees are let go and how this can be avoided. Take a look!

Starve Your Distractions

It’s easy to say ‘just stay focused’ when you’re having trouble concentrating in the office. How often does that actually work though? Distractions are all around! Thus, it’s all about how you handle them to get your work done. We’ve put some tips together to help you eliminate distractions so you can thrive when completing your work.

Do Not Disturb

Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’. By doing this, your phone won’t light up every time you get a text message or app notification so you won’t be tempted to check it. If having your phone on your desk will deter your focus from what you should be doing, just stick it in your bag or even your pocket. Having it out of sight should keep you from thinking about it and what you could be doing on it.

Headphones On, Outside World Off

If in-office chatter is distracting you, there’s no problem with grabbing a pair of headphones or earplugs. The earplugs help cancel out any distracting sounds and the headphones can provide you with music.  These tools help keep you focused on your work and away from your coworkers’ conversations. Sometimes it’s hard not to chime into office discussions, especially when you can relate. By wearing headphones or earplugs, this minimizes the temptation to throw your two cents in.

Keep it Short and Simple

If you feel you desperately need social interaction to stay focused, chat with your coworkers but don’t get crazy social. Keep conversations short and simple. Ask a question about your designated task or even a simple ice breaker. These questions can spark conversation but will keep in within reason. By doing this, it’ll give your mind somewhat of a break but it also won’t get you too distracted.

To Improve is to Change

If you can’t handle listening to the constant discussion between your coworkers, change your lunchtime. Go an hour before everyone leaves the office or go an hour after everyone returns. This way, you can get an hour of silence for yourself and to focus your work without anyone chiming in and causing an interruption.

If You’re Tired Learn to Rest, Not Quit

Plan a break! We’ve mentioned multiple times that taking breaks are crucial if you want to get the best possible work completed. If you plan a break for a specific time period, it’ll give you something to look forward to when you’re doing your work. This should help you keep your hands off your phone and your eyes on the screen since you know you will be getting a time to do that sooner or later.

“You’re Fired!”

We’ve all heard this infamous phrase before. No one wants to be fired. It can be embarrassing, degrading, and even aggravating. In this article we’re reflecting on the most common reasons why people get fired and how you can avoid them.

Eighty Percent of Success is Showing Up

The easiest way to gain brownie points in the office is to show up. You may think this tip is silly and fairly obvious when having any type of job but it still poses as a common issue. Constantly arriving to work late or blatantly just not showing up can damage your chances of advancing to a higher position, or even remaining as a part of the company. Don’t get us wrong, it’s okay to arrive to the office late due to an appointment or important commitment. If you’re going to be late or out of office, give someone (particularly your boss) a heads up with reasoning, this way they know you did not just oversleep. Arriving late or not showing up for a day in the office, without warning, can appear as if you don’t care to be there. It’s unprofessional and rude.

Everything Posted on Social Media Impacts Your Personal Brand

Be careful about what you post on social media. Employees who violate their employer’s social media policy can easily be terminated. There are multiple different approaches on how to manage an appropriate social media account. If you decide to keep your personal account public on Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter be sure to monitor what you post. After all, if it is public everyone can see it and easily link you to your employer. Crazy and unprofessional posts on social media can make the employer look bad, as well as yourself, depending on what it is. Most of the time they don’t want to be tied to behavior that can put them in danger of losing business. This isn’t to say you can’t go out and have a good time, just keep the social media activity to a minimum if your heart is set on leaving your account public. If you decide to keep your personal accounts private, you have more leeway on what you decide to post. When your account is private, you have to approve who sees it therefore it is the safer option if you want to have your own social media account.

Wasting Time is Robbery

If you’re constantly wasting time when you should be working, odds are you won’t be sticking around for much longer. Activities like disrupting coworkers, online shopping, playing games on your phone, or even sleeping are all classified as wasting time. As much as you’d like to deny it, your employer can replace you. Therefore, if you just decide to sit at your desk wasting your time and your employer’s money there’s a good chance they’ll be saying bye to you at some point in the future. To avoid this the tips are simple, avoid any distractions. If you can’t focus on what you’re assigned to be doing; take a break, a walk or even a drive to clear your head. When you return to your desk you should be ready to go once again.

No Tolerance for Poor Performance

When you hand in late work that isn’t compensated with a decent amount of effort, it may not be looking too great for you. It’s normal to have an off or unproductive day, but when it gets to the point where you can’t put as much effort in your work as you are pushing it off it can start getting problematic. Nine times out of ten laziness is prevalent in projects and tasks. When your work begins getting sloppy and filled with silly mistakes that you rarely made before, it’s clear you aren’t spending as much time as you once did on your work. It’s likely that someone else would be willing to do your job as well as putting more time and effort into it than you would. Therefore it would be better for your employer to hire them over you. If you really want to keep your job, find your motivation and push yourself. If you can’t do that, it’s probably a good idea to leave before any problems escalate.