Are interruptions at work maddening? Not only are interruptions maddening but down right unproductive. Some researchers indicate that it takes you over 23 minutes to get back to where you left off.
Depending on your biological wiring, you may get easily distracted because you innately and immediately respond to your environment. For some people, interruptions can decrease your productivity 40% or more.
Your hardwiring is biological and drives you in business. Your hardwiring and how you set up your business systems are deeply connected. When you create and use the systems in alignment with how you naturally execute and respond, you create maximum efficiencies in your work environment.
One of my clients was running from one meeting to the next. After each meeting, she became increasingly frustrated at the new list of tasks added to her already growing list.
It wasn’t long before she was overwhelmed. She is naturally wired to need a lightly structured, but sequential work environment.
The first step in solving her problem was for her to hire an assistant who could follow through on multiple tasks. Most importantly, she hired an assistant who was naturally wired with a high degree of certainty who could follow through on the numerous list of tasks and transactions with a high degree of detail, which the job entailed.
The second step for her was to lock in time for tasks she personally needed to complete. She had a tendency to keep all of her tasks in her head keeping her in overwhelm. Instead, she identified specific timeframes each week for follow up calls and set an appointment on her calendar to follow up. The calendar reminders would prompt her to help her keep on task.
She discovered by placing time in her calendar for her projects, she didn’t have to rely on an already overloaded mental list. In the end, she more than doubled her profits in less than 12 months.