Managing interruptions

Now this next section of the Mindfulness book is vital for our busy, modern-day lives. It starts with a very appropriate Churchill quote:

“You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.”

Mindfulness is all about managing your attention in order to keep your focus on your current activities. Interruptions come all the time and can vastly decrease you productivity. 

While they may feel as though they are out of your control, they can be managed. There are several things the book mentions to help you do this, these include:

  1. Accept that they will happen and plan for them by leaving small gaps in your day.
  2. Set criteria to determine the importance of the interruption.
  3. Set times to be available to be approached by others.
  4. Learn to say no.
  5. Finally be patient, deal with any necessary interruptions calmly and fully.

We face a lot of interruptions in our lives, not all people. I mean I haven’t been in education at the end of the school year for the past three years due to tumours, the trick is to not get too dragged down, try to stay on top of things, even when it’s hard to. But don’t push too hard….but that’s a whole different story (check out my perfectionist post) !



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