Management Tip of the Day: Handle distractions by doing nothing

Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:19am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"How often does your day go according to plan? If you're like most people, your day is full of interruptions, distractions, and even surprises.

Some of those twists and turns require you to react and adjust, but sometimes the best response is to do nothing. Otherwise, you can get wrapped up in trying to manage the distractions instead of letting them pass.

For example, if someone interrupts you, it takes less time and energy to let him finish than it does to confront him about his rude behavior. This of course requires patience and restraint.

Next time things don't go according to plan, before you jump out of your chair to react, take a deep breath and ask yourself whether it might save you time to do nothing at all."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Not Enough Time? Try Doing Nothing" by Peter Bregman.