Productivity Tip: Don’t interrupt your coworkers and don’t let yourself be interrupted

It takes about 20 minutes to concentrate, that means that every time you ask a coworker a quick one minute question you are causing him or her about 20 minutes of reduced productivity.

That also means that if you are interrupted just once every 10 or 15 minutes you are always not as productive as you can be.

Take control of your work environment, find a quiet place to work (or a good set of noise cancellation headphones), close your e-mail and instant messaging programs, let everyone understand you are not available for just a quick question and just concentrate on doing your job.

Also respect everyone else, don’t interrupt your coworkers and try to schedule meetings at the beginning or end of the day (or just before or after lunch).

You won’t believe how much you can accomplish when you can actually concentrate on what you are doing.

posted @ Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:00 PM

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