Did you know that distractions consume an average of 2.1 hours each day? What a waste of time!
And, to make matters worse, getting your mind back on track after you’ve been interrupted is a real challenge. It can take from 5 to 25 minutes to get back to the task at hand after even a minor interruption like a phone call, a quick email check or a game of solitaire on your cell phone — which is my downfall.
In my new book, Agile Selling, I share numerous ideas to help you deal with distractions without sounding like a total jerk.
Here are a few ways to increase your sales productivity:
1. Start by focusing on prevention.
Personally, when I’m really working on something, my office door is closed. To keep people from popping in, I even have a “do not disturb” sign where I add in timeframes. It’s easier to focus on preventing interruptions than being interrupted and then trying to get back on track.
2. If you’re in a busy office, wear headphones.
And, if people still feel like it’s okay to interrupt, tape a “do not disturb” sign on your back.
3. Change your location.