How To Be a Team Player in an Age of Interruptions

How To Be a Team Player in an Age of Interruptions

How To Be a Team Player in an Age of Interruptions

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

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A Savannah, Georgia area-based writer and editor, Noreen bridged the digital divide by transitioning from print to online. Before joining SMG/CMSWire as Chief Editor, she was an editor at two UBM Tech sites. She also co-edited five newsletters for Real Estate Media's GlobeSt.com and served as the site's technology editor. Long, long ago, she worked at both The Pittsburgh Press and the Detroit News. She also ran her own writing and reporting business for 20-years in New York City. When not writing, editing or traveling, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their five kids, one grandchild and three formerly homeless cats.

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