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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Limoncelli's mutual interruption shield approach

None of us can eliminate interruptions but at least we can learn to interrupt ourselves less often and, when others do it, find a way to cope with it more effectively. In his excellent book, Time Management for System Administrators, Thomas A. Limoncelli suggests right on page one that you and a co-worker create what he calls a mutual interruption shield. What that means is that you divide up who will be getting interrupted with a type of "buddy system" approach. As Limoncelli writes, "Before lunch, you field all the interruption so that your coworker can work on projects. After lunch, your coworker fields all the interruptions and lets you work on projects." He cautions that of course if there's ...

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