Studies have shown that employees in office settings are interrupted every 8 minutes, on average. It is frustrating to say the least, especially when you are working on a project that has a fast approaching deadline, or requires a sharp eye and focused concentration. Interruptions compound when your office is located in a high traffic area, or when you are a project lead.
Because you might be interrupted every eight minutes, you could be interrupted more than fifty times per day. If each interruption only takes 3 minutes, you you still lose 2.5 hours each day to interruptions. That is 1/3 of your day! Although you could concede that some interruptions are necessary, they key to good time management is to realize which interruptions are unnecessary and eliminate them by planning ahead.
Because most work environments are social, people are often primary causes of productivity loss due to interruptions. Learning to control not only the interruptions that you'll undoubtedly encounter, but also learning to manage your productivity through these interruptions are vital steps to time management in today's workplace. Our one day Time Management Class teaches students how to evaluate the use of time, identify goals and set priorities, and develop an overall time management plan.
In this quick video, we provide 6 tips to help minimize interruptions from the most common people-based interruptions: co-workers.