Learn about how to diplomatically communicate with coworkers who cause consistent interruptions, and discover how distractions cause switch-tasking, which negatively affects productivity.
- Do you have a coworker who has … a gift for interrupting you? … Perhaps they're a wonderful human being, … yet they also create a lot of distractions. … Here are some tips to regain focus. … First, look at yourself. … Often, people unwittingly create the very behavior … that they don't want others to do! … If you're interrupting others with questions, … others are more likely to interrupt you. … If you have the tendency to gossip, … coworkers may seek you out for these conversations. … Ask, "Is there something about my behavior … "that's encouraging distraction?" … Next, consider using headphones, … playing personal music or white noise … to create a boundary space. … This can reduce the distraction … of random talk around the office. … Also, people often hesitate to interrupt others … if they see them wearing headphones. … Similarly, you might have a conversation … with coworkers about expectations and ground rules … about when or when not to interrupt others. … Creating boundaries can reduce unnecessary distraction. …
- Identify the end goal of a one-on-one meeting.
- Explain how to follow up after delegating a task to a team member.
- Recall one question you can ask to reduce unnecessary meetings.
- Identify the best way to approach a situation where a coworker is disorganized and struggles with time management.
- Give an example of advice you could offer a new manager concerning time management.