Interruptions may feel like an inevitable part of your day. You're not alone. Almost 75% of respondents to one survey said, "The day seems to fly by and I wonder, 'did I accomplish anything today?'" The reality is, though, that we have more control over how many interruptions we receive and how we respond to them than you may think. Learn these research-backed strategies and you'll take back control of your work day.
Still not convinced? Take your time reading through the details of our time-savings calculations below in the research and analysis section.
"It reminded me to push back - I don't have to answer every email instantly! I realized that by responding immediately to half of my interruptions and delaying another half, I can avoid training my interrupters to expect an immediate response."
- Executive Assistant, Australian Communications and Media Authority
"Good tactical suggestions!"
- Consultant, Bain & Company
"This lesson was great for pointing out all the opportunities I miss to help myself not be interrupted."
- Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Government Performance Lab)
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RESEARCH & ANALYSIS: 2 hour 27 minute/day time-saving opportunity
Before describing how much time can be saved using research-backed strategies to manage & minimize interruptions, we need to share our calculation of how much time is loss due to interruptions each day: 164 mins/day
#1 – Not using some kind of physical ‘do not disturb’ indicator to ward off in-person interruptions = 47 mins/day
#2 – Responding to instant messages immediately = 36 mins/day
#3 – Not creating a plan for resuming your work after the interruption = 28 mins/day
#4 – Not physically isolating ourselves from in-person and environmental distractions = 18 mins/day
#5 – Not pushing back on interruptions to delay them or avoid indulging in them = 11 mins/day
#6 – Keeping email notifications on and responding to email immediately = 7 mins/day
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