Interruptions

Hi, it’s Anthony from Time Technology.

Research shows we’re distracted or interrupted, on average, every 6 to 8 minutes.  The killer is: the recovery time to get back on task is, on average, 23 minutes and 15 seconds—a huge time cost.

Distractions are things like pop ups, pings, chats, texts and LinkedIn.   Interruptions are when we are purposely disturbed, both by colleagues and the things we do when we are indulging in procrastination.

Here are some ideas:

  • Turn off the bells and whistles; they are totally reactive.
  • Shut down the reading pane in the inbox.
  • Look at how we are distracting ourselves: LinkedIn feeds and so on.

These ideas will only reduce interruptions marginally.  We need to take a much more rigorous approach to this problem.  TimeSmart processes are focused on reducing the recovery time from 23 minutes to 2 minutes by having visible, dynamic workflows in your technology.  Key is rapid retrieval; you’ll know exactly where to go to resume working—it’s great.

Dealing with external interruptions? Use the TimeSmart interruption matrix:

  • Q1: Do it now.
  • Q2: It can wait. 
  • Q3: Teach versus tell. 
  • Q4: Stop. Why are you bringing this to me? 

Rework caused by lack of focus, mental fatigue, forgetting things and searching is a real pain in the proverbial.  Reducing the recovery time is a much higher value proposition.

There has never been a better time to explore and embrace a new way of working.  We’d love to share TimeSmart with you.

An old saying is: we don’t know what we don’t know.  My number is above, let’s have a Zoom call. Nothing to lose! Speak soon.