Dealing with Distractions

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Dealing with Distractions
Marshall, Member
How does one handle internal and external distractions?
Also, how can one apply time management principles in various contexts, such as quick service restaurants and other forms of retail? In these environments, managers often are not given much time for planning and analyzing. This is particularly true at lower levels of the organization.

How to Deal with Distractions
First you have to decide whether what is distracting you is more important. We have to learn to say 'no' at times.
If the distraction cannot be helped, like in the case when someone is hurt, or the computer is down, we have to learn to re-start the job at the time when the distraction ends.
If what was skipped was very important, we may have to do that first, then what we didn't manage to do, put it in further down the week, or maybe the next day is best.
Going in before hours is a good idea.
I found that staying in late when you are already jaded lends itself to slow down your work pace.
Dont be worried if you don't get the hang of it straight away, just keep on giving it a go...AND SMILE... Things seem to work better when smile and it costs nothing.

Dealing with Distractions from your Team
Marc Conrady, Member
Smith above offers some good examples. I have also found that creating a culture of empowerment on the team goes a long ways towards limiting distractions. Let the team know that THEY have the responsibility and authority to solve problems.
A simple concept to apply when someone brings you a distraction they expect you to solve is to ask them for their recommendation, ask for their logic in reaching the conclusion, give a little coaching and send them on their way. After a while they’ll realize that you aren’t going to do their work for them and the distractions should lessen.



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