Interrupting Interruptions - Deepstash

Interrupting Interruptions

How to Fix Interruptions

  • Check email twice per day. Create an email autoresponse so people respect your new rule.
  • Screen incoming and limit outgoing phone calls.
  • Use two numbers: one office line (non-urgent) and one cellular (urgent).
  • Don’t let people chitchat. 
  • Avoid all meetings that do not have clear objectives. Meetings should only be held to make decisions about a predefined situation.
  • Have an end time for your meeting (aim for 30 minutes).
  • Don’t permit casual visitors. Use headphones, even if you aren’t listening to anything.
  • Work smarter by batching tasks like email.
  • Empower others to act without interrupting you.
  • Force people to define their requests before spending time with them.

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