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Chapter 23. Productivity Principles > Barrier 1: Interruptions

Barrier 1: Interruptions

Generally, 80% of your interruptions come from 20% of the people. What if that 20% is your boss? Here are some ideas for limiting interruptions:

  1. Hold bi-weekly meetings with your boss. Strategize ways to minimize your boss’ interruptions.

  2. Hold stand-up meetings. This eliminates unnecessary socializing. Do not sit down when you go into your boss’s office for a quick question.

  3. If your boss comes into your office frequently and takes up too much of your time, stand up immediately or maintain your working posture; i.e., keep your hands on the keyboard. Tell your boss diplomatically that this is not a good time to interrupt.

    Use interruption times to delegate upwards. Ask your boss for help. Do not ask them if they stopped by for a particular reason. That will merely prolong the interruption. If it was important, they will let you know.

  4. Be assertive—learn to say “no.” It is particularly difficult to say no to your boss. It must be done with tact and diplomacy so that your behavior will not reflect negatively on your performance evaluation.


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