The High Cost of Interruptions

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Interruptions are annoying, and they come at a cost. Settling back into a task after getting interrupted can take an especially long time. Luckily for you, we have a few business tips for circumnavigating those pesky interruption problems.

What do we mean by interruptions?
A funny tweet, an unexpected phone call or text – anything that disrupts you from your primary task. What was that again? Oh, yeah – that report. Now your brain is distracted and lost in the Land of Oz (or funny tweets as the case may be). In today’s digital age, we suffer from a constant stream of them.

How long do interruptions affect us after they butt-in?
Once you are interrupted, it can take several minutes to a half hour to get back to your original task. This may not seem like much, but when you consider the work of surgeons or airline pilots the results could be disastrous. Interruptions can also be costly. Multiply the cost of a single daily interruption times a warehouse of hundreds of workers. Ouch.

Inundated with interruptions?

  • Plan for them.
    You work with humans. Don’t schedule yourself so thin even the tiniest interruption will throw a wrench in the works. Learn how and where to work them in, such as designated open office hours.
  • Take control.
    Turn off emails, phone, text, and specify sacred time with a “Do Not Disturb” sign.
  • Escape…
    To an isolated location if you can’t find solace.
  • Just say “no.”
    “I’m wrapping up a big project right now. Can we talk later?”

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