by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Time managementTagged as: Efficiency, Focus, Interruptions
Are you interrupted so often that you can never get anything done? Too often, our priorities are set by external stimulus, and not through intentional decisions. We focus on the urgent, not the important.
The key to addressing this issue is training… everyone around you. If people think that you will always answer your phone by the second ring, then they will always call you expecting that. If they know that your open door policy means “always available”, then they will always barge in.
Instead of enabling disruptive behavior, start enforcing better time management habits. Here are some ways to start:
Might you be the source of someone else’s interruptions and inefficiency? This week, before you reach out to anybody, ask yourself if it can wait until you can bunch your requests together.
Bonus tip: If you’re ready for prime time, choose a 60-90 minute slot each week (or each day), and use the time for the truly important, and let the urgent just wait.
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