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I get annoyed most times when someone does something wrong, as result I can't work properly and it effects my productivity as IT professional. e.g. one of my work mate answers question to one of SO by looking at Bing most of day, which annoys me because of continuous typing noise and one person trying to answer things he never experienced or have knowledge about that particular topic however good at searching.

Now I tried to ignore things but it gets to my mind and as a result I get pissed off and not able to work most of day.

My question is how to ignore things that one doesn't like and concentrate on work.

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1 – Hauser Oct 2 '12 at 17:13
This seems more like a Workplace SE question. We get a lot of these on that site. – jmort253 Oct 3 '12 at 3:13
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I think you have two problems, which should be handled separately. The first problem is that your coworker's typing is distracting you, and when you look over to find that he's doing something that annoys you, that makes it more distracting. The second is that you don't like the way your coworker uses SO. This answer will just focus on the first, since you said that was your main question.

  • You can get headphones and listen to music or white noise.
  • You can see about rearranging your desks so that you can't see what he's doing from your desk.
  • You can try to move to a different office or cube. (That might be overkill, and it might not be feasible.)
  • You can ask him to stop or cut back the amount of time he spends on SO, because of the distraction. (This depends heavily on your relationship with your coworker, and it might seem like an odd request, because if he's working rather than answering SO questions, you'll still hear typing.)
  • You can work on increasing your personal tolerance for distraction. In my experience, I'm more easily distracted and more annoyed by minor things when I'm stressed, so anything that reduces stress can make distractions easier to deal with. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, taking regular breaks, etc. If he's typing away and it's getting on your nerves, that may mean it's a good time for a cup of coffee or a short walk.
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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.

That, and headphones, with or without music.

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Two downvotes, zero explanations. – John Oct 5 '12 at 0:45
While a great quote, your post isn't really an answer to the question. This would be acceptable as an aside at the bottom of an explanation, but anecdotes themselves are really not what Stack Exchange is about. Consider making an edit to your post to improve it, or delete it and leave it as a helpful comment to the question. Also, see How to Answer for further guidance. Hope this helps! – jmort253 Oct 5 '12 at 2:51
Thanks for the response. I do think it answers the question, though. Some answers are explicit; others are meant to be reflective. Mine is the latter. I guess I should be glad that (as of now) three people thought it was helpful rather than reflect on the two that didn't. Perhaps I'm not following my own advice. :) – John Oct 5 '12 at 3:06
Everyone will have an opinion, especially in a large community. One way to address that issue is to generalize your answers + follow the main points in the faq so that any reasonable concerns/doubts are a non-issue. I can't speak for everyone, but I think with a little editing I'd be inclined to reverse my downvote, if you're up for it. Good luck! :) – jmort253 Oct 5 '12 at 3:18

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