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Why You Can’t Get Any Work Done and What to Do About It (738 words)

There you are right in the middle of a workday, getting things done, being very productive. And there’s an interruption; the phone rings, there’s a knock at the door or a message “dings” on your phone. What do you do? What do you do?

If you’re like most people you respond to it; you answer the phone, yell “come in” or unlock your phone and see what’s up. Again, If you’re like most people you don’t get right back to what you were doing right away.

Sometimes you don’t get back to it at all!
You were right in the middle of a really good productive session. You're getting things done. Your brain is working it and the ideas are coming. You're about to save the world when you got interrupted and thrown off track!
Do me a favor. Don't answer it, don't answer the phone. That's what voicemail is for.

Granted, if your job is to answer the phone, then obviously that's what you're going to do! I'm talking about when you're working, when you're focused on things, when you're doing that task, even if you're exercising…don’t answer the phone.
Most phone calls are not that important. The questions are just distractions. It’s someone else barging in on you and saying, “pay attention to ME!”. If you have kids you know this feeling all too well.

You can check the phone and see who it is and if it's something or somebody that you need to answer then by all means answer it. If it's the boss, if it's the husband or the wife, if it's somebody you need to answer like, my kid is calling me, then yes; answer the phone.
If somebody calls me and I don't know who they are, they're going to voicemail anyway. Number one; I don't know who they are, and I probably don't want to talk to them anyway. Number two; I don't want to be distracted from what I am doing right now.
If somebody really wants to get ahold of you, they are going to get a hold of you. There are so many ways that people can get ahold of you.
But here's the thing…we've been trained that when the phone rings, when the email pops up, when the thing dings and we get a message that we need to respond immediately, 90% of the time, you don't need to respond immediately.

When someone knocks on your door and you’re in the “zone” don’t open the door! I have a rule at my office; if the door is closed don’t bother me unless there’s a fire, an emergency or someone’s dead. I’ll open it eventually, but in the meantime…Don’t. Interrupt. Me.

Typically whenever somebody pokes their head in your door and say, “can I have 5 minutes?” it’s NEVER just 5 minutes! It’s 10 or 20 and now you’re dealing/helping with something you hadn’t planned on.
But what’s 10 minutes here and there really matter?

On average it takes you 8-12 minutes to get back into being fully focused on the task you were working on. If you’re interrupted 6 times a day (only 6, yeah right!) that’s an hour of your day gone!

It's been reported that most of us encounter at least 20 interruptions per day….do the math, wipe your tears away and say goodbye to that 3 hours and 20 minutes! No wonder you can’t get anything done.
I live in the real world just like you and I know we can’t get rid of these distractions completely. But how do you limit these interruptions then?
1. Silence Your Phone: You can’t answer the phone if you don’t hear it! You can’t get pulled into a text message thread if you don’t know it’s happening.
2. Close Your Office Door: Put up a “do not disturb” sign, hang a sock on the door or find another workspace to be in so nobody can find you!
3. Schedule Time to Respond: You’ll be getting voicemail and messages when you’re “unavailable” to the world and you do need to address and respond to them. But do it on YOUR time.
Once you start doing these things you not only get more quality work done, but you’ll also be less stressed and more productive! Soon you’ll be able to…Do So Much More!

Fred Moore is a Keynote Speaker and Entertainer with over 6,000 presentations and shows in 30 countries.

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