How To Know If It’s Worth Letting Someone Interrupt You — 3 steps

  • What did you have planned during that time?
  • Is it something time-sensitive, or is there some flexibility in it?
  • I can only give you 10 minutes this morning, so let’s get started right away.
  • We only have two minutes left. What do you need me to really answer before we finish up?
  • I know 10 minutes wasn’t a lot of time for you. Do we need to schedule more later when I can give you more time?
  1. What’s important at this moment?
  2. When I look back three years from now, what’s the decision I will want to have made?
  • First, I set the parameters in the morning around how much time I could give my granddaughter (aka enough to provide her with the eggs and nine hugs) and offered time later in the day when I could give her my undivided attention. In this way, I focused on the relationships in my life that are important to me.
  • Then, I completed my task work with a clear mind and in a timely fashion.
  1. What factors did you use to make those decisions?
  2. What values came into play?
  3. Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Would you communicate in the same way?



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Kathy Archer

Kathy Archer


Helping women leaders make it in the nonprofit world. Leadership Development Coach * Best-Selling Author * Wife * Mom * Grandma * Mom to one boxer named Zeus!