on Interruptions

It takes 20 minutes to concentrate and the average workplace has an interruption every three minutes. No wonder you can't get any work done.

How do you overcome this? Schedule time for your work.

Got a big webinar or presentation coming up? Got a length document to write? Need time to prepare for an upcoming meeting?

Schedule a meeting with yourself and put it on your calendar.

Got a big stack of things to do? Block a half-day or a full-day on your calendar and work from home. You'd be amazed how much work you can accomplish in a few hours of uninterrupted time.

Some may find it annoying but when I'm back from a trip I schedule my time carefully. I generally only have a day or two to run my personal errands and connect with colleagues before I'm back out on the road for another training session. So I try to schedule those days fairly carefully to optimize my time.

As they say, if you don't manage your schedule, someone else will.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.

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