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Entries Tagged as 'Interruptions'

Are You Being Flexible…or Ruining Your Routine?

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments

If you read my blog or articles often enough, then you already know that I’m a huge fan of planning out your day in advance so that you can be sure you’re taking care of your most important work. The only problem with that approach is that it doesn’t take much to throw our plans […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Time Management

15 Focused Minutes Beats an Hour with Distractions

January 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

One of the most frustrating parts of modern working life is the feeling that we aren’t accomplishing as much as we think we should be. Often, however, the problem isn’t with our workload or schedule – it’s that we just aren’t focusing and prioritizing correctly. That is, by trying to do too many things at […]

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Monitoring Tech Social Time at Work

September 15th, 2010 · No Comments

We may be sitting at our desks, avidly working at our computers, but that does not always equate with productivity. The temptation to shift over for a quick look at news, weather, a sporting event, or a Facebook update is always present. How does your company handle this issue? When I present my time management […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Multitasking · Office Productivity

Making Workplace Distractions Work for You

April 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Just about every workplace has distractions-coworkers, social networking, email, and for some, even kids. You may be at your most productive without these little time wasters, but at some point, you’ve got to deal with them if you want to get some work done. You may be tempted to push them away, but what seems […]

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Multitasking and Internet Use

April 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

If there was ever a process designed specifically to distract us, it would be the internet.  The links, side ads, and animations are all designed to pull our attention in different directions. However in addition to what is pulling you within a web page, internet sites are challenged by the many users who are also […]

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Efficiency in the Workplace – Focus Factors

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

We tend to blame others when we can’t concentrate on a project, and there’s some validity in that.  After all, the average business person is interrupted about every three minutes.  Interruptions commonly stem from the telephone, email, or a colleague.  These are easy to pinpoint, but there is another one to add to that list.  […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Office Productivity · Task Management · Time Management

Using 'White Noise' to Filter Distractions from Your Work Office

June 24th, 2008 · No Comments

In response to an article I published on the “Top 10 Distractions in the Office“, a reader wrote back to ask what a “white noise machine” was. He had read the following excerpt: Noise. Overhearing colleagues’ discussions, one-sided telephone conversations, or outside activities diverts your concentration. If you are easily distracted, close your door, use […]

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Crisis Management: Project-Driven vs. Customer-Driven Settings (Part One)

April 25th, 2008 · No Comments

In a post that I wrote last week about crisis management, I presented some techniques for limiting the pressure of deadlines. Responding to this, one reader commented that it wasn’t useful advice for those “on the front lines who don’t have jobs that come with laptops, travel, and corporate jargon.” I recognize that not everyone […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Office Productivity · Personal Productivity · Work Life Balance

The Stress Factor in Connecting Time, Money, and Productivity

April 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Where did this week go?” That common phrase can be interpreted in two different ways: It was a great week. I had so much fun/got so much done that it flew by. I don’t feel that I accomplished anything I had planned, and it is already the end of the week. It is not hard […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Multitasking · Office Productivity · Planning · Stress Management · Task Management · Time Management

Holding onto Distractions and Interruptions

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

It is a common refrain: “I’d get something done if I weren’t always interrupted and distracted.” There are tools and techniques that help you manage your daily schedule better and get more productive work done. However even when someone is familiar with the processes, they may still not be utilizing the concepts. Why? Have you […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Personal Productivity · Procrastination