Tip 100. The less you have on your desk, the less you will be interrupted.

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Is your desk blanketed with paper?

Imagine a video camera recording your head movement as you scan your paper covered desk. You’d probably see your head twisting and turning faster than Linda Blair’s did in The Exorcist.

Many people who complain about being interrupted have cluttered desks. Yet if you ask them the source of their interruptions, few would say their desk. Every scrap of paper has the potential to interrupt them—and generally does.

If it’s right there in front of you, you will look at it. If you look, you will be interrupted.


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