Can It Wait?

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In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day.  They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

How many times have you been interrupted by a coworker who didn’t heed to your body language of ‘I’m focused and in the middle of something’ and your productive flow comes to a screeching halt.  After the person leaves, you find yourself thinking ‘now where was I?’, only to find that the creative train you were riding has left the station.

The other day, my young son was in the middle of some serious Lego construction.  He was humming and singing and having a grand time.  In my efforts to keep everyone “on schedule”, I was getting ready to start chatting with him to share what was on our “to-do” list for the rest of the day.  Something stopped me in my tracks and I’m so glad it did… I decided my “interruption” could wait, as it was obvious he was focused on his project at hand.  He ended up working diligently for about 30 more minutes on his creation.  If I had interrupted him, I doubt the creation would have seen the light of day.

I know the next time I get ready to “interrupt” someone when I can clearly see they are otherwise engaged with a task… I will second guess the interruption and decide “is this interruption immediately important?” or “can it wait?”

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