How to deal with interrupts to work.

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How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
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In Pomodoro Technique - How to deal w/ really quick interruptions

Imagine I have started a pomodoro and in the middle of it I realize I forgot to take a kettle off the stove. It would only take me like 10 seconds - quicker than to take a note of the interruption - ...
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Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
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Does listening to music help or hurt productivity?

Listening to music while working: does this help productivity, hurt productivity, or depend on [fill in the blank]? What has research concluded if anything? (Assume the use of a personal headset or ...
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What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
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How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?

In the past week I've tried switching between several work spaces Office If it's open space and someone starts talking loudly you get distracted. There are also people around who may want ...
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looking for a specific productivity term

I'm looking for a specific term that is used a lot in productivity / time management, that describes the event of being pulled out of your current workflow by someone who needs attention. For example, ...
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How should absolute interruptions be handled?

It may happen that a task can't be started or continued due to an absolute interruption. For instance, the internet connection went down for some reason. When that happens, should I start the timer ...
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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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How to be gentle to interruptions?

Interruptions are common in all work environments, and, at some point, desirable. Also, we all experience the problem of losing track of where are we at in our flow when we get interrupted. However, ...
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Is there an adopted strategy for dealing with cell phones ringing in the office?

I work in office with a kind of a cubicle farm arrangement where sound propagates no-problem. When a cell phone not in silent mode rings it can be heard in at least 10-meters range and therefore ...
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Are there studies on the effect of relationships on productivity?

Life Optimizer - 5 Reasons Why Relationships Should Be Your Top Priority mentions that the most important thing in a productive life would be relationships. I tend to agree that we do need ...
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Getting things done in an environment with constant, unavoidable interruptions

There are many situations where you're working on something that requires concentration, but where you can't avoid interruptions. Some classic examples are working next to a sleeping infant, or in a ...