Distractions abound when it comes to achieving your goal/s. Yes, a lot of umimportant things crop up especially when you are in the thick of something, right?
Say, you want to be the best worker in your workplace; doing your job well is a must. Your co-worker then would ask you this and that 'till you realize that you have been taken advantage of by stealing away from you that precious time of delivering your goods.
Yes, being friendly is great, but, at the expense of not doing your job well, could jeopardize your chances of being a performer.
In this case, you need to prioritize your time and stick to it no matter what crops up during the process. You must know when to say 'no' to anybody who is insensitive to your needs to effectively doing your job as expected.
Well, some co-workers have this bad habit of wasting official time in gallivanting around instead of being in their cubicle, or work sites doing their job religiously. Worse, they tend to influence others in their quest for inefficiency and ineffectiveness.
Better shun them away. They would never do any good to you and your company, but putting precious time and resources as well in jeopardy. Yes, they are distractions and you need to do something about this.
First, you should have an organizer on your table stating the loads, or works that you need to accomplish for the day.
Second, have a clock ticking by the second...as if every second counts! Of course, you need to imbibe the essence of doing your task religiously.
Third, post a note that says: do not disturb, or I'll kill you.
Fourth, if ever such friend of yours becomes clueless about your program, better yet call the supervisor and let them have a nice chat.
Fifth, do not entertain visitors lest he/she might think you are just discriminating people and feigning serious about your self-imposed memo.
Sixth, always see to it that you are strictly doing purely business and nothing personal.
Seventh, when you are done with all your works, invite him/her over and chat till he/she drops.
Last, let him/her get the real picture: when it is work, work; when it is not, don't.