Those little interruptions during the work day aren’t just annoying. They cost your company money. Did you know that after being interrupted it takes the average person 8 minutes to get back to focusing on what they were working on.
That means if you are interrupted 2 times an hour at work, you spend a quarter of you day in “down time”, trying to get back into your groove. That’s a lot of lost productivity.
To help you achieve maximum effort try to sit away from the office talkers, keep your door closed if you need to concentrate and stay away from the internet/social media. From Inc. Magazine, “According to a survey by market research firm uSamp, while social media use can encourage coordination among employees, there’s no denying it’s a huge distraction.”
Other ways to eliminate those little interruptions is to turn off your cell phone ringer, only attend meetings where you are required and of course, get organized. “The average American spend 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own, but they can’t find.” If you spend half your waking hours at work, that means you spend almost a half-hour each day being unproductive at work.
What are some ways that you cancel out those little interruptions in your day?