In my last strategy earlier this month in our series on getting things done, I told you about the importance of taking control of interruptions, specifically by other people. But studies show that 44% of interruptions are actually self-induced. In other words, people interrupt themselves almost as much as they are interrupted by external sources. So today’s tip for getting things done specifically addresses two self-induced interruptions – namely the telephone and email.
Kick the telephone and email auto-reaction
What do I mean by auto-reaction? The innate response we have to the ringing of the phone, or the ding (or other sound) that heralds the arrival of an email. Be honest, what happens when the phone rings? Sure … we answer, or at least we lean over to check to see who is calling. Even if you don’t answer, you’ve just interrupted yourself. And what happens when you get that sound that tells you an email has just arrived? Yes, you roll your chair over to see who it’s from. Self-induced interruption. Continue reading