Saturday, July 2, 2011

Interruption Decision Tree

While I'm more than guilty of committing this crime, I've grown more and more aware of and irritated by interruptions at the office that TOTALLY WRECK THE WORK-FLOW.  As Jason Fried of 37 Signals puts it, "your work-day gets broken up into work-moments."

One pop-in disrupts your stream-of-consciousness which can take minutes to get back on track.  Multiply this over the course of a week and you find your productive time is more hacked up than the co-ed victims in a B-grade slasher movie.

To help alleviate this, I developed a decision-tree to help folks in my office determine if the pending interruption is truly needed.  This is taped to my door.  While it is not 100% bullet-proof, the interruptions have dropped dramatically.

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