How To Handle Distractions When I’m Working

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about distractions: Did I do the right thing by walking away?

Yesterday in work, I was on the phone with someone in reference to a change in one of my duties when there was a conversation going on in my other ear. In order to hear the phone conversation better, I put my hand on the free ear. After the phone conversation, I walked away for a while and came back. Twice after that, I was not on the phone, but was concentrating on something that I was working on for my supervisor and there was a conversation going on, making me lose my concentration. Therefore, twice I walked away and came back after a while. First and second times,conversation was work related. Third time, conversation was not work related. My question is: Did I do the right thing by walking away? I might also add that my supervisor was part of all three conversations.

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