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Interrupting humans were already doing a great job, but now the act is multifold, with the digital devices turning people into loud zombies who sometimes are impossible to talk to.

As if to add salt to a wound, we have, for the past decade or so, the ultimate distraction and interruption device in our pockets, keeping us soaked in junk info, and making our minds relentlessly numb.

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The root cause of Polarization is interruption, and this has to be cut down by a full determination to understand each other and promise to:

  1. Stop Interrupting others.
  2. Pay full attention to the other person.
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Responding To Interruptions: Check Your Status

In a corporate setting, every meeting can be a competition for resources, recognition or rewards.

If a senior interrupts you, it would not be counted against you, but it is a peer who has interrupted you to dominate and boost their own presence, it can negatively impact your status.

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Interruptions : 
A $588 Billion/Year Loss (only in U.S.)

A task that's interrupted can 

  • Take 50% longer
  • Have 50% more mistakes

Even though, getting into the focused state takes a while but once we are in it, the productive flow

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Let it Go

Interruptions can be frustrating. But, the point here is that not all of them are worthy of addressing.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when faced with an interruption is nothing at all, particularly if it happens just once or very infrequently.

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