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Exercises

1: In the following dialog, Candace is telling Chris how she schedules time without interruptions.

Chris: Hey, Candace. I just tried calling you about half an hour ago. Were you out of your office?

Candace: No, I’ve been in my office all day, but from 2:30 until 3:30, I’ve scheduled a “quiet” time for myself. I don’t answer my phone or accept any visitors. It has really helped me be more productive, and I’m more relaxed.

Chris: That’s an interesting idea. What do you do during that hour?

Candace: Organize my office, or I continue to work as I normally would. I’m just free of interruptions for that hour. You’d be surprised how much I can accomplish when I’m not interrupted. You should try it.

Chris: I think I’ll try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

Why was Chris unable to get Candace on the phone?

Can you think of a time during the day that you could reserve as “quiet” time?

2: Discuss situations in which your co-workers interruptions adversely affect your productivity?
3: Identify which of the following methods is an effective way to keep interruptions from co-workers to a minimum.
  1. Find a hideaway

  2. Keep door closed at all times

  3. Meet co-workers in your office

  4. Meet co-workers infrequently




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