Since the start of this year, the topic of our video series has been Productivity Tools for Leaders. Today we’re up to strategy #12 and I’d like to talk about what you can do to control interruptions.
It’s imperative that you control interruptions
If you want to control interruptions in your workday, it is very important to take ownership of it. Because if you sit around waiting for others to stop interrupting you, you’re going to be waiting a very long time!
A ground-breaking study conducted by Gloria Mark in 2005 showed that the average office worker spends only 11 minutes on any given task before s/he is interrupted. If you think that’s bad, wait, it gets worse! After someone is interrupted, it takes on average, 25 minutes to return to the initial task. Do you see the mathematical problem here? At this rate, you’ll never get anything done. So it’s up to you to deliberately, thoughtfully, firmly, and respectfully control interruptions. Now there are lots of things you can do to manage interruptions but in today’s post, I’d like to share two specific ideas. Continue reading