Monday, September 13, 2010

Don't Tell Me You Were Working!

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.

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