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Handling Interruptions at Work

by Sandy Todd Webster on Oct 01, 2002

How many times have you really started to make headway on a project or report only to have a stream of interruptions break your concentration? This is frustrating but avoidable, according to Tatiana Kolovou, MBA, human resources training consultant at Indiana University and owner of Team Performance, a professional development and consulting company. During her talk on time management at IDEA’s Focus on Management Day, she suggested several strategies to eliminate some common time wasters from your day:

  • Be firm with others about your time.
  • Respond by voice mail instead of e-mail. It's faster.
  • Screen e-mails or use an e-mail filter.
  • Schedule callback times.
  • Schedule employee meeting times.
  • Have a quiet hour. Close your door and hang up a "Do Not Disturb" sign.
  • Practice verbal communication.
  • Keep a 5-day time log and identify your time management barriers.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.