I’d rather be called a pain in the ass than have one more person ask me softly and sweetly, “Hey, do you have a minute?”
Edward G. Brown tends to agree. “We live in an interruption culture,” Brown explained to CMSWire. “We like it. We perpetuate it.” Office workers are interrupted — or self-interrupt — about every three minutes. People compensate for the lost time by working faster, resulting in more stress, higher frustration, time pressure and effort.
Brown offers a five-pronged strategy to diminish interruptions and distractions at work.
- Calculate the cost of the interruptions
- Politely deter people who interrupt
- Rein in your wandering mind
- Know what’s important
- Create a Whole-Week Plan