Are Distraction and Interruption integral to our jobs?

You will not regret investing the time needed to read this article. Written in 2005, it provides a great overview of distraction in the modern workplace and some of the approaches people take to deal with it.

It provides relevant insights for knowledge workers in the 21st century:

  • embracing and managing interruption as a necessary part of our jobs as opposed to a nuisance to be eliminated
  • some caveats for distributed teams that need to be acknowledged and accommodated
  • use of GTD as a technique for managing distraction / interruptions
  • justification for larger/multiple computer monitors
  • recognizing the reality of “continuous partial attention”

 

Posted under Science

This post was written by Marc
on January 7, 2012 at 10:36 am