I experience a lot of interruptions throughout the day.
And I will confess some of the interruptions are my on doing.
Phone calls, voice mails, emails, and instant messages to name a few.
In today’s fast-paced world, we are wired to connect in multiple ways.
Many of the interruptions are welcome especially if it is our family or our customer.
The challenge however is staying focused on the top priority of the moment.
Otherwise, we fail to get anything tangible done.
Do others feel the same way?
Do you drop what you’re doing if your hear the Pavlovian buzz of your smart phone?
A Gallup study revealed that the average amount of time spent by a professional on any single activity before being interrupted or switching is three minutes.
When I first heard about that study years ago, I didn’t believe it.
Until I set a stopwatch on my day.
Since I was so conditioned for interruptions, I also discovered I would interrupt myself if no one else did.
The Gallup study revealed the same effect.
We create 44% of our own daily interruptions.
Are we becoming completely unproductive?
Consider this warning:
Lord, my strength and my fortress,
my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come
from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,
worthless idols that did them no good.”
Is there hope?
I know I still have a long way to go. I’m committed to giving the Power of 4 a real test.
(The Power of 4 is a scientific study that evaluated behavioral differences between people who read or listen to the Bible the majority of the the week (at least four days), and those who engaged with scripture less often.)
I’ve also restored a simple but powerful image on my iPhone.
And that is to set the lock image to a picture of the cross.
That way, every time I reach for my iPhone, I see the cross.
And all of a sudden, I slow down.
The interruption can wait.
There’s more important work to be done in service to others.
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
What are your thoughts and advice?
How do you stay focused on what matters?
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