You Want What? By When?

Lack of clarity often creates situations where we think we’re doing the right thing, but we end up not meeting expectations. Either we miss a deadline, or we do more than was needed, or we don’t do enough. Whatever the misunderstanding was that led to our missing the mark, the end result is that it looks like we screwed up. Not where you want to be. This article outlines how to help someone ask in a way that ensures you can make them happy.

Creating A No-Interruption Zone

Interruptions are no small thing. Even a momentary distraction causes the brain to switch gears. Studies show that it can take an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on track with the original task. That’s not a typo. It really is 23 minutes and 15 seconds—almost half an hour of productive time lost per interruption. Here are some tips on avoiding interruptions.