Zap the Productivity Zappers at Work

When it comes to productivity, there are a variety of obstacles that can come between you and your work on any given day. Some things, like being hungry, are easily fixed. Others, like talkative co-workers, are much more sensitive issues to address. This blog will discuss some of the top office productivity zappers and help you to deal with them effectively.

Loud noises

Monday morning, it can be a quite distracting to listen to your fellow office mates discuss their weekend expeditions, especially if you’re working on a project that’s not very stimulating. Rather than suffer through the chatter, turn on some music, ask them to keep it down, or advocate for yourself and everyone else who wants peace and quiet. Create a space for quiet work!


Emails, instant messaging, chat rooms. All of these convenient ways to communicate certainly make it easier to pass on important information. What they also do is lead to a lot of distraction throughout the day. Employees waste a lot of time reading and responding to conversations, some of which are unnecessary. Here are tips to manage some of the chatter.

Impromptu Meetings

Last minute meetings serve a purpose, but often, people get lost in the details. If you are the one conducting the meeting, you can prepare staff by setting a clear agenda ahead of time, sticking to the time frame, and inviting only the people who absolutely have to participate. Here are other suggestions for managing meetings. If you are an attendee, the biggest things you can do are eat a light snack beforehand, sip water to stay focused, and save questions for the end. The answer might be addressed further into the meeting.

These are just a few suggestions on how to be more productive at work. The full story about the top seven productivity zappers can be found here.

Robyn Warner
Robyn Warner has been writing since she learned how to hold a pen. She wrote her first book of poems before the age of 10. Though creative writing is her preference, she is enjoying life in the technical blog world. Robyn’s goal in her 30s is to use her writing to inspire fellow cancer survivors and have a job that gives her the flexibility to live anywhere and never wear shoes.

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