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Tackle those time thieves

Too many interruptions at work? Learn how to handle them and be more productive

On average, people get one interruption every eight minutes while at work – most of them lasting five minutes. That adds up to half the working day!


Try these tips:


  • When people ask if you can spare a couple of minutes, be polite but firm in your reply. If you’re busy, ask if their business can wait.
  • If it’s your boss, explain what you’re doing and ask if their query is more important.
  • Close your door, if you’re lucky enough to have one.
  • Do not ask unexpected visitors to sit down or offer them coffee – you’re sending the message that it’s okay to stay.
  • Take note of those who are time-wasters and those who come with acceptable or sensible interruptions.


Also read:

Manage your time more effectively

Stop trying to multitask 

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