Interruptions: What are they and How to Fix them? - Deepstash

Interruptions: What are they and How to Fix them?

An interruption is anything that prevents the start-to-finish completion of a critical task.

The 3 main offenders:

  1. Time wasters. Things that can be ignored with little or no consequence
  2. Time consumers. Repetitive tasks or requests that need to be completed but often interrupt high-level work
  3. Empowerment failures. When someone needs approval to make something small happen.

How to fix:

  1. Create systems that limit your availability. For example, replacing a meeting with a brief email.
  2. Batch activities. Answer all emails in bulk.
  3. Set autonomous rules to prevent creating a decision bottleneck.

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