How to Handle Interruptions and Distractions
You think you’re on schedule. And you would be… if it weren’t for interruptions and distractions
Let’s look at how to handle being interrupted.
Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
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This video is part of course module number 1.6.2
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management
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Unwelcome interruptions distract you from what you want to do, with something you don’t.
DEALING WITH UNWANTED INTERRUPTIONS
Let me just…
Get in the habit of saying ‘let me just…’ to give you a few moments.
Allocate your work into time slots.
Find out what it’s about.
Use your Noble Objection to decline a request.
There are two good ways to head-off interruptions before they get to you.
Establish a signal that makes it clear whether you are open to interruptions, or you are don’t want to be interrupted.
The gold standard is really not being there to be interrupted. Find somewhere else to work.
Close the app. That’s it!
1. Determine what approaches you will take to prevent interruptions – and set them up. (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Next time you get interrupted, practice the strategies in the video (2 MC CPD Points)
3. Afterwards, review how well they worked for you and what you learned for next time (2 MC CPD Points)
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And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
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