“We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. This ‘always-on’ behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause button” The Guardian
This month I have worked with several senior teams on maximising their talent and increasing engagement, collaboration and productivity. The day always includes a session on productivity and the curse of interruptionsis one of the biggest blocks to progress.
The main aim of the day is to increase ‘FLOW’ in the business and to achieve that, it is vital that each individual is operating in flow at least 60-80% of their working time.
Being in ‘Flow’ is all about playing to your natural strengths, doing the work you were born to do and consistently excel in, rather than being the proverbial ‘Jack of All Trades and Master of None’ that most of us were brought up to be.
Every time teams identify the top blocks to ‘Flow”, one of the greatest disruptors of productivity is always INTERRUPTIONS! With many of them being self-inflicted!
Many of us are surgically attached to our phones, constantly distracted by every ‘ping’ which, added to the constant email notifications and questions from colleagues vying for our immediate attention; totally kills our ability to get into deep creative thought.
Open-plan offices lend themselves to a ‘free for all’ when it comes to communicating with questions and comments being randomly fired out to anyone who is listening but in so doing, interrupting the train of thought in everyone within earshot.
The stats on the impact of such interruptions on our productivity are shocking!
The average corporate email user gets 109 emails a day.
Business texts have increased 67%.
An interruption of just 4.4 seconds can triple the risk of errors.
When people get interrupted frequently, there’s only a 44% chance that they’ll leave feeling like “today was a really successful day.”
By contrast, when people can block out interruptions at work, there’s a 67% chance they’ll leave feeling like “today was a really successful day.”
That’s a huge change in accomplishment just based on whether we get interrupted frequently or we can block out interruptions….
Read my full article on the curse of interruptions on LinkedIn here.