Saturday, November 11, 2006

Being interrupt-driven

I‘ve been crazy busy of late, and have been ignoring this blog along with lots of other stuff. I haven‘t even had time to read my feeds. How sad is that? So it was with interest that I listened to this David Allen podcast (and I rarely listen to podcasts) on 43 Folders concerning interruptions. Merlin's comments regarding the podcast spoke to me:

In this episode, David makes the excellent point that if interruptions are a baked-in part of your job, they shouldn‘t necessarily be seen as a Bad Thing. It?s just something you need to prepare for by ‘clearing the decks‘ in a way that opens you up for the opportunities and game-time input that new information can bring into your world.

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So, if you‘re feeling overwhelmed by interruptions, make sure you‘ve done everything you can to reduce the noise. In other words, consider clearing your own decks today for the serendipity and kismet that might be coming your way this week.

To paraphrase Thomas Edison, sometimes interesting opportunities arrive dressed as a huge pain in the ass.

Of late, I‘ve been viewing interruptions as a negative and have been trying to stay focused, perhaps too focused. I‘ve even been known to be critical of people who I deemed as being too interrupt-driven. I have one more week of travel ahead of me, but when I get back to the office I‘m going to work at being more accessible to people who would like to interrupt me. The idea of clearing the decks to allow for “serendipity and kismet” sounds very appealing right now.

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