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“Other people’s interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.” –Brendan Francis Forward Steps Pin It

Dealing With Interruptions & Distractions

Interruptions can inhibit progress and productivity. The average worker or student loses plenty of time due to all sorts of distractions and interruptions. Here are a few tips on dealing with distraction and interruptions.

The first step in the process is to understand the kind of distractions and interruptions that you have to deal with on a regular basis. This means that you have to analyze your daily schedule and assess the interruptions that you have. If you see regular interruptive and distracting patterns or events you can change or eliminate them. You are likely to be very surprised how much time you lose every day to interruptions and distractions.

If you see obvious distractions and interruptions in the time periods that you tend to do your work, consider changing your time frames. For example - you may get fewer interruptions if you start your working day a couple of hours earlier or after everyone else has gone to bed.

Make sure you take breaks before you lose focus. If your attention span is relatively short, the best option would be to take short breaks and get back to work after the breaks. This prevents your mind from wandering. After taking a break, you will see that the attention span is reset and you can effectively continue with what you were doing.

The mobile phone or desk phone is very invasive and creates significant interruptions throughout the day. The best way to deal with this is to allocate a certain time in your day to make and recieve telephone calls - outside of this time make sure the telephone is switched off. If necessary leave a concise message on your telephone asking your caller to leave a clear message and promising to respond later.

The same applies to checking emails. Set a specific time per day to go through your emails and be disciplined about sticking to it. If you find that the time you allocate to dealing with emails is not enough you may need to consider a better spam filter or set up some type of autoresponse sytem for repetitive questions.

Make sure you plan your task before starting it. What tools and resources do you need to complete the task. Make sure they are all available and to hand before starting your task.

Make sure your work area is not cluttered with reminders of other tasks and pressures - move these to another location until your task is completed.

Setting a timetable can be a great way to avoid distraction and interruption.

If you have people that regularly interrupt you - friends, neighbours, family members, even bosses - make it clear to them when your work hours are - adopt a closed door policy if you need to - make it clear to them when you will be available to them and stick to it.

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Thea Westra

P.S. No matter what you do in life, doing it well reaps great rewards. Whether this concept is applied to your work or your health, your relationships or your personal goals, making a commitment to personal excellence in whatever you do virtually guarantees a life of fulfilment, success and passion.

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