green and blue painted sign says SHHH

By default, we are getting interrupted at least once every 6-8 minutes all day long.

And, it takes 10-15 minutes to bring your focus back to what you were doing when you were interrupted.

That math just doesn’t work. Think about it.

You will be interrupted, and you will most likely keep getting interrupted before you can get back to what you were doing (if you even remember what it was).

Do you really need to see that pop-up every time you get an incoming email? Do you really need to hear that beep every time something lands in your inbox?

Is that more important than what you are working on now?

Give yourself a break. Shut it off while you are trying to concentrate.

You will not be able to eliminate every interruption, but you can control some of them. Do that.

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About The Author

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Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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