Interruptions are especially costly during your most valuable activities. Take these steps to limit the negative impact.
There is a daily battle between accomplishing tasks and dealing with interruption. According to our internal research, interruption ranks number three among time-management challenges:
#4 Not enough time in the day
Source: 2011 The Happiness Survey from The 7 Minute Life
A stoplight is a natural visual example of an interruption. When you drive down the street and the light turns red, you stop. When the light turns green, you resume your forward progress.
Unfortunately, the interruptions you face at work are not so simple. When a co-worker walks into your office with an urgent request, this interruption not only brings your work to a stop, but also forces you to leave your forward progress and shift all of your attention in a different direction.
Gloria Mark, Ph.D., from the University of California, Irvine, is an expert in the study of social computing, multitasking, attention, and interruption. Click here to access some of her research publications. The information is shocking.