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Controlling Interruptions

Controlling Interruptions

Learn techniques for politely handling interruptions and intrusions from colleagues and the people you supervise, as well as from more senior lawyers.


Just five little words constitute the one phrase that is the most insidious of time robbers. These words have the power to throw even the most carefully planned schedule into complete disarray. They can undo all the work you’ve put into identifying what’s most important, crafting your to-do lists, and enhancing your ability to focus. Perhaps you’ve heard them – you may have even used them. These words are:

“Have you got a minute?”

These words sound so friendly, but they play on our social need...