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Chapter 8. Block 5—Understanding Product... > Some Time-Tested Defenses against th...

Some Time-Tested Defenses against the Big 6 Productivity Killers

1. Interruptions

Assertively decline to be interrupted.

The next time someone asks, “Hey, got a minute?” you may be wise to gather up your most assertive skills—that doesn’t mean being abusive or abrasive, but simply being assertive—and say, “Gosh, I really don’t. I’m in the middle of something right now. Could I get back to you in about 20 minutes?”


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