Just like sleeping straight through the night is a challenge for many people, so too is finishing work without diversions. Here's what you can do to stay on course and finish what you start. 12 tips to take to heart 1) Deal with each annoyance separately. Too much noise where you're working? Move your work area, get the volume lowered (ask politely), use noise-canceling headphones or sound-isolating headphones. 2) Anticipate your bodily functions. Use the washroom before starting your next task, keep a glass of water handy in case you get thirsty, and have a box of tissues within reach if you're allergy-prone. 3) Reserve time for your distractions. That's why smoking breaks were invented.