It happens to all of us. We have a packed to-do list, but despite working non-stop the whole day, we get less than half done because of constant interruptions. Our co-worker stops by to ask about a project, and dawdles for nearly an hour. Our phone rings off the hook, disrupting our thoughts just when we’ve gained momentum on an important presentation.
Interruptions are one of the biggest causes of wasted time at work. While some are important (like our client calling about a problem with a project) many could have waited for another time, or actually deserve no time at all (like a co-worker venting about her problems with her mother-in-law). Here’s how to deal with them. [Read more…]