The average American worker is interrupted 6-8 times every hour and it can take 10-20 minutes to get back in the flow of work after an interruption.
Recent research showed that Intel executives received approximately 300 emails a day. Microsoft workers took an average of 24 minutes to get back to work after answering an in-depth email interruption.
Here’s the problem with interruptions; we’re smart people, so handling the interruption is not the problem. The problem is getting back in the flow of work.
Try these suggestions: Rearrange some things on your desk, it sets a new work space. Take a short walk. Drink a glass of water. Go to the bathroom. Listen to a song. Go over a bit of the work you were involved in before the interruption (I find that to be really helpful. It’s almost like getting a running start to get back to work.)
Whatever shortens the amount of time it takes you to get back in the flow is what you need to do.