Switching Gears When You Need to Focus

Scheduling ‘quiet time’ helps you – and your co-workers


This line of work is all about handling routine tasks at breakneck speed.

However, what about when you need to switch gears and concentrate on project-driven tasks?

  • Create a transition ritual when moving from routine tasks to more critical jobs.  This will help you – and your boss.  Try setting aside 10 or 15 minutes before you’ll need to sit down and concentrate.  Stretch and walk around your office, or just check and see if anyone needs you for anything.  This will help keep interruptions to a minimum.
  • For project-driven tasks, aim for a time slot between noon and 2 p.m. when most people are at lunch, or from 3 to 4 p.m. before the end-of-the-day craziness hits.
  • Even if you can’t stick to it every day, schedule this “quiet hour” time.  It trains you – and your co-workers – to save questions and demands for other times of the day.

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