Blaming others for coming up short on a project is a poor excuse. Itâ€™s like someone saying they couldnâ€™t get to work on time because their roommate didnâ€™t wake them up that morning. You are responsible for you and regardless of whether or not someone in the next cubicle talks on the phone all day or plays their music too loud, â€œYou donâ€™t let them distract you from what you got to do,â€ says Lil Jon. Coming in early, staying late or using headphones to block people out are all options for staying focused. At the end of the day, most bosses donâ€™t care how the work gets done as long as itâ€™s on time and in good shape. Your noisy cube mate may be behind on work but that doesnâ€™t mean you have to.