Do you actually think that you didn’t have an option when you were distracted?
The real situation is more likely that you were not focused on your priority.
It takes a lot of discipline to identify what’s most important to you and to stick with it.
People can stand in your way, someone can even push you but if you ignore them and keep pursuing your target, you’ll most likely surpass expectation without being entangled in an unnecessary fight.
Consoling yourself with the excuse that you were blocked or pushed wouldn’t justify the fact that you absconded from your assignment, especially when you got too engulfed that you couldn’t really get back to what truly mattered to you.
Next time you set out to do a thing, don’t let unimportant things take your attention, time or resources.
Focus and discipline are important if you really want to accomplish a task.