In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book,’Reduce Interruptions…you don’t have to be a victim.

How do you minimize the damage of workplace interruptions? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on her concept of Take 10 Give 5.



Excerpt from Reduce Interruptions…you don’t have to be a victim:

Minimizing the damage of interruptions needs to happen at all three phases. Start with the preparation phase. Perhaps counterintuitively, you should spend more time in this phase than you may be used to. In your zeal to respond immediately to your communication devices or visitors, you may drop your primary task too quickly in favor of the interrupting task. Increase the likelihood of quickly resuming your primary task by following my “Take 10, Give 5” approach. When you are interrupted, take ten seconds to note where you were on your primary task. You can do this in several ways.

You will more quickly resume the primary task if you reduce the time it takes to answer the question, “Now…where was I?” When someone knocks, answer them with: “Give me ten seconds, please.” Let the phone ring a couple of times so that you can Take 10. It only takes a few seconds to improve your productivity in a meaningful way.

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Dr. Melissa Gratias, MBG Organizing SolutionsDr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website,

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