Time Management for Stress Reduction and Productivity
Time Management for Stress Reduction and Productivity will help your reps improve their time-management skills and accomplish more each and every day.
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Step 8: Minimize interruptions from coworkers
Unscheduled interruptions can do more to derail your time management efforts than any other single event. But there are ways to minimize these interruptions and remain focused on your goals without antagonizing anyone. The following strategies are effective in dealing with coworkers and supervisors when they interrupt your carefully prioritized plans:
Stand up. Intrusions into your cubicle or workspace can be handled by standing up and moving toward the invisible door to your workspace when someone unexpectedly enters. This will prevent the individual from making himself or herself at home.
Keep it brief. Requests for information or help can often be handled by answering questions succinctly, without leaving room for additional conversation.
Schedule. Sometimes you just have to say no to requests from coworkers. While saying no may feel rude or uncomfortable the answer is to say yes to the person and no to the request.
For example, I would love to help you research that, but I cant do it until after 3:00. Or try, Id love to talk to you about that, but I have to get back on the phones in 20 minutes, and I promised to have this activity report completed before then. When will you be available to discuss this later?
It can be even more difficult to say no if your supervisor asks you to do something. Instead, try saying, Id be happy to do that, but how does it fit in with my other priorities? Then share your schedule or to-do list with your supervisor to determine whether the request is the best use of your time.