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10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

Tania Khadder

August 24, 2009

Culprit #5: Reacting to Interruptions

You’re in the middle of something when you get an “urgent” email. You reply, only to be accosted by a phone call shortly after. You hang up, only to be faced with yet another email that demands your response. And on and on. Before you know it, it’s 4pm and you still haven’t made a dent in what you’d started first thing this morning. Sound familiar? The average employee works for just 11 minutes before being distracted. No wonder we’re struggling to get things done.

The solution: It’s unavoidable – the hyper-connected workplace will throw constant interruptions at you. The trick is to learn how to react to them without taking away from the task at hand. If you’re busy, let your phone go to voicemail. Set aside three times a day where you manage your inbox. Of course, there are instances where an email demands an urgent reply. But more often than not, it doesn’t. Know the difference.

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