Questions and Conversation Starters About Interruptions From People
- Are your colleagues aware of the potential for lost productivity from interruptions and chronic distractions? How can you get them on board with combating distraction?
- Can you designate a no-interruption zone that staff can use for tasks that demand focus?
- Can your office agree on signals that staff can display to indicate they should not be disturbed?
- What are your important sources of interruption? How can you mitigate those?
- Do you have checklists and a good organizational system to help you pick critical tasks back up after being interrupted?
Questions and Conversation Starters About Technology Interruptions
- Are you bringing your devices with you to places where they do more harm by creating interruptions than they add in productivity? Can you stop bringing your device?
- What cues to engage in low- or no-value activity are your devices giving you? Can you eliminate those cues?
- What device or applications are your biggest source of distraction? How can you make using that device or app more difficult?
- What cues prompt you to pick up your device (e.g., wanting to know the time)? Can you find a lower friction, less distracting way to achieve the desired result (e.g., wear a wristwatch)?
- Is there a more positive habit (e.g., calling people personally) that you can associate with your device use that also adds to the friction of using the device?
- What immediate reward can you set up for engaging in more constructive behaviors?