Interruptions are a common issue that all leaders must deal with, while also working to deliver on their own responsibilities. Constant interruptions will negatively impact your productivity.
With one about every 10 minutes, they can take up to 25 minutes in recovery time. Use the following tips to take control of your time and to reduce the effect of interruptions:
- Pre-emptively set “off-limit” times with your team. Explain that it’s to better manage your time--not to ignore them. This gives your team permission to do the same.
- Ask team members to bring a list of questions to their weekly one-on-ones. Answering questions in batches saves everyone time.
- Kindly but firmly ask if the interruption can be handled later. Then schedule a time to address the interruption.
- Set an example by turning off, or setting aside, all communication devices during meetings and peak work times.
While too many interruptions can limit you, too few might mean you’re unavailable. Remember, your job as a leader is to develop others. Your team's, not your personal results, should be your first priority.
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