Question: “I suffer from constant interruptions at work. I lead a great team, but I feel like they always want attention. I want to do the right thing, but I can’t get my work done, and I’m drowning. Suggestions?”
Answer: When I led operations at a start-up, there were constant interruptions. Working at a startup is like riding in the back seat of a NYC cab—crazy! It was so stressful that, often, there were lines outside my door. I wound up helping them but hurting myself. And, then I remembered that saying from the airlines: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.” I did.
I established “open-door” and “closed-door” times. We all need time to focus, so I set that time for myself. Having that “closed door” hour or two saved my sanity. Give it a try.
Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan