No Interruptions Day
Celebrated annually on every December 31st, the No Interruptions Day gives us sole rights to put up the “Do Not Disturb” signs without appearing to be rude! With many things looking for our attention it is difficult to get anything accomplished easily. Tired of the constant questions, office chit chats, pop-up notifications, emails, texts, calls, and trying to manage everything in between? Well, here are some amazing ways to exploit your No Interruption Day!
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Why No Interruptions Day?
Recent statistics on work interruptions show that an employee is disturbed averagely every 11 minutes. With this data, it is clearly impossible for anyone to focus on anything without being interrupted. There is nothing more irritating than being continuously interrupted by your gadget or the people when you are deeply engrossed in your work. This chain of interruptions can get on your nerves and always disrupts your workflow and interrupts your task completions.
Our mind needs to be focused to accomplish something. The irony is that we are curious beings and easily get distracted when something nice catches our eye. With this constant battle between priorities and distractions staying away from interruptions is a challenge to our modern era.
There are thousands and millions of data that are being designed for you and then the family, as well as friends, need our time too. So it is a fact that not every tweet, Instagram post, pop up notification is relevant for you to consume and doesn’t contribute to your career or personal growth.
Therefore it is essential to set your priorities right and straight. When it’s time to work, work is to be done, and when it’s time to spend time with family or friends enjoy the fellowship. Don’t let anything interrupt your family time or your work time either as both are crucially important.
No Interruptions Day is needed for our tech-savvy generation more than anyone else. Productivity is being affected like never before. For all of you who wanted to get things right for the new year and for those who wanted to finish that project or that skill you always wanted to learn, No Interruptions Day is all you need, today and throughout the year to achieve your plans in time!
How Can We Observe No Interruptions Day?
- Hang your Do Not Disturb boards!
It’s perfectly alright to hang the Do Not Disturb sign boards today to focus on your work or finish delegating the work that had to be delegated long time ago or just set your desk ready with all the documents, stationery, and technology to kick start work efficiently from the New Year
- Mute your email and text notifications
You can celebrate the No Interruptions Day by muting some of the common interruptions – email and text notifications! You will be surprised by how much time replying to these messages distract and eat your time. Spare some time at the end of the day to reply.
- Switch off your Phone
Another efficient way to celebrate No Interruptions Day is by keeping your phone switched off! Again set a time where you want to use it during your working hours or family time to avoid interruptions for the important things
- Don’t log in to social media
social media can become an ocean of Interruptions and distractions if not used right! There will be plenty of notifications and cool stuff that will easily distract you and eat into your time without you realizing it. Again set apart some social media time for all social media activities.
- Spend uninterrupted time with family and friends
Celebrate uninterrupted time with family and friends this No Interruptions Day! There is nothing more joyful than spending quality time!
- Share your joy for being uninterrupted on social media!
Once you have accomplished your tasks for the day without any interruptions, share your experience to encourage friends and family to do the same today and every day! Use #NoInterruptionsDay to share on social media today!
Interesting Facts About No Interruptions Day:
Here are some surprising facts about Interruptions at the workplace!
- According to the study conducted by the UC Irvine, on an average people get interrupted every 11 minutes while working on a project
- The above study also stated that the distracted person needs an average of 25 minutes to get back to what they were focusing on before getting distracted
- The UC Irvine study also states that employees in cubes had a 29% increased rate at being interrupted than the ones having private offices
- As per the International Journal of Stress Management, frequently interrupted workers have 9% higher rates of exhaustion in comparison the increase in exhaustion related to work overload is 12%.
History of No Interruptions Day:
The founder of No Interruptions Day did not seem to be interrupted and thus he/she is unknown. The origin of this Day is not known either. It is celebrated as a fun-filled holiday across the US.