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Part II: Multi-Tasking > Limit Interruptions

Chapter 10. Limit Interruptions

A study by the Institute for the Future reported that employees of Fortune 1000 companies send and receive, on average, 178 messages a day and are interrupted about three times an hour. Sound like anyone you know? Remember that electronic interruptions are self-inflicted. The problem is not that you received an email. The problem is that you allowed yourself to stop what you were doing to respond to the unknown, unexpected message that may or may not be a higher priority than what you were already doing.

When you limit interruptions, you help to control when and how often you tackle information management tasks. Try the suggestions below and feel free to adapt and add to this list to fit your work style and work life. Because you cannot change too much at once, select one or two on which to concentrate for a week. Then decide which will help you be more productive. Change them as necessary and try again, until you are working more efficiently.


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