No Interruptions Day

The bad news: The average office worker is interrupted — by coworkers, emails, or phone calls — every 11 minutes. Even worse is that it takes basically that much time to refocus on the task at hand. On this last business day for 2010, turn off your phone and tell that chatty coworker to buzz off. If he doesn't listen? Sneak around, says Gina Trapani, a Work Smart blogger and project director at Expert Labs. "At a software job years ago, people constantly stopped by to ask questions, and it was impossible to work," she says. "I started booking a conference room for an hour or two. I worked in total peace while the rest of my office mates thought I was in another meeting." Deceptive, yet effective. — Stephanie Schomer

Fri, December 31
No Interruptions Day

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  • Mark Worthington

    While this is a great idea, it also sounds a little like a copy of Information Overload Awareness Day. Jonathan Spira, the researcher behind Information Overload Awareness Day (which falls on October 20 every year), just released new information about the cost of information overload, which now costs the U.S. economy $997 billion per year. Interruptions are a big part of information overload and you can see the new research online (no pw required) at