How many times a day are you totally focused on an important task or project, only to be interrupted and kicked out of your focus zone? By the telephone ringing? Others at your office? Maybe an email notification? The consequence of interruptions is that you lose your focus and the time spent managing interruptions, therefore decreasing your productivity.
People don’t intentionally interrupt you throughout the day in an effort to diminish your productivity, but that is unfortunately exactly what occurs – all the time! Shockingly, the average office worker is interrupted 73 times a day while the average manager, every eight minutes. EVERY eight minutes? Think of all the valuable time you lose handling those inevitable interruptions. Many of those common interruptions are actually people. These may include colleagues, employees, and vendors. While controlling people is not really possible, managing interruptions is because we can control how we make ourselves available to them.