Manage interruptions

do not disturbIn the book “No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs”, Dan Kennedy says “If they can’t find you, they can’t interrupt you.”

On average, you will be interrupted at least once every 6-8 minutes throughout your day – by the phone, by email, by text, by instant message, by someone stopping by your office.

When you really need to focus, make yourself unfindable for a while.

Turn off the phone (put it on ‘do not disturb’ mode), turn off the email, turn off the instant messaging, close the door or leave the office for a while to give yourself some uninterrupted time to think, plan, work.

The world will keep spinning without you, and you might actually get something really important done. 


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  1. Sue Painter says:

    So true! I use a timer and give myself 30 minutes – you’d be amazed what happens in that 30 minutes for my biz…..just have to unplug now and then.

    • Terry says:

      Yes Sue – it always shocks my clients to see how much can get done in a very short, focused burst of activity!

  2. Jessica says:

    Ahhhh irony… I NEVER got to what I REALLY had to do today because I posted a new album on Facebook and must’ve been interrupted literally once every two minutes. I should have closed my email and shut down FB, but I didn’t. And now I have to work late to get done what needed getting done. SO, as for your advice… I’d better start taking it!!!!!

  3. Definitely needed this reminder today. With my biggest event happening next week, the interruptions of coming fast and furious! But I will be “shutting down” for several hours today to focus.

  4. The “Do not Disturb” approach is my lifesaver. When I need focus time, I close my office door, put my phone on silent, close my email, close any social networking windows, and cut out distractions. It works to seriously improve productivity!

    • Terry says:

      It’s funny sometimes how people think the world might stop spinning on its axis if they don’t answer the phone when it rings. And yet, just 15-20-30 minutes of focused attention can clear so much off the list!

  5. Mitch Tublin says:

    Until writing emails, posting to facebook and twitter all pay your bills –
    think twice before spending so much time in those areas.

    • Terry says:

      Exactly! Set boundaries, set timers, whatever is required. I get a lot of posting and comments done in short, focused bursts. And then I am on to something else!

  6. It’s time for the “Carmen, Unplugged” show — and only I am welcome to attend. Great reminder, Terry! 🙂

  7. Great advice! love this: The world will keep spinning without you, and you might actually get something really important done