Productivity Robber #3: INTERRUPTIONS
We get interrupted from time to time with phone calls, texts messages, requests from coworkers, checking Facebook, etc. One thing that we should understand is that we actually is the source and the one who creates the environment of being interrupted because we are the one who is allowing it. Interruption is a productivity robber because when we start to work, it takes more than 15 minutes to get into a flow state at work. It’s different amount of time for different people but nevertheless every time you get interrupted, it actually take at least the same amount of time to get back into your groove. So, if you’re interrupted even 3 times a day and we’re generally interrupted more than that, we can lose up to an hour of productivity.
As much as we say that people interrupt us, we are the one that’s allowing it. The key solution is to schedule your interruptions and some of the key support tools are:
- Red head-band. This means “I’m working, don’t bother me”. So whether you are at home and you don’t want people to bother you, some physical indication like a note on your door can really help.
- Turn off ALL distractions for a period of time. If you are able, stow away or silence your phone so you will be able to focus on the task at hand.
Many people struggle with life-balance which is a function of productivity. If you are not good at being productive then your life-balance is thrown out of whack Being productive allows you to show up more powerfully on a week to week basis and be better human being to other human beings, to your family and your partner and just be the source of everything being better.