In the physical space, distractions can include co-workers dropping by our desk to chat, and meetings. Its often said that meeting length should be multiplied by three. It’s not just the time it takes to attend, but the time to prepare and the time to follow up.
Research by Gloria Marks has found that distractions can take upwards of 22 minutes to regain focus.
What implications does this have for us as professionals and team members?
- We may not be getting the more strategic, proactive, thinking work completed (i.e. reports, planning, decision making).
- Tasks are not getting completed in the time frame needed.
- Lack of fulfillment on the part of team members, leading to lower levels of engagement.
- Lower productivity and results.
What might we do to minimize distractions, especially if it is having an impact?
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