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The High Cost of the Interruption Culture

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And how to stop paying it. When people talk about “the interruption culture” in today’s workplace, there’s a tone of resignation. It’s as though the interruption culture is immutable – as though interrupters must be permitted to continue their depredations no matter how injurious to productivity, job satisfaction, and work/life balance. Just do your best

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Pre-Order the Time Bandit Solution Book

Time Bandits steal your precious time and what are you going to do about it? There are those books that will tell you to “Just Say No!” when your Time Bandits interrupt you, but “Just Say No!” could be very self-destructive. So, to avoid insulting them, how do you get the benefits of “no” without

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We Live in an Interruption Culture

Your office phone rings nonstop with sales pitches while Girl Scouts interrupt you at home to sell those delicious cookies that are only available once a year. Emails clutter your inboxes, and you send them to the trash while the FedEx package on your desk screams, “Open Me!” Interruption repeats. Distress manifests. Productivity diminishes. It’s

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Speed It Up Boys! Copying with Layoffs.

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This morning I read in Forbes, “Layoffs in Tech Now a Permanent Feature.”  Dell, JC Penney, and Disney are announcing fresh layoffs. It made me think of Lucy in the Chocolate Factory.  You know – that classic routine where a frantic Lucille Ball can’t cope with the chocolates coming faster and faster down the conveyor

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Don’t Interrupt Me When I’m Interrupting You

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Today’s workplace has changed dramatically, especially since the economic downturn of 2008. The ongoing recovery has created a work environment that constantly requires companies to do more with less.  In turn, employees are expected to work not just harder but “smarter” as well. Employers are demanding hiring freezes and downsizing through leveraging time and innovative opportunity. These

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