About interruptions and productive contexts
Hi. Great topic. I would add two comments:
1. Do you have some time of full availability to others? I mean, a time with full focus on the people withouth any kind of wiring whatsoever (i.e. no phone, no email, no internet, no TV, ...)? I suspect that if we have a full focus mode to our people during some amount of time, it makes it easier to also have a full focus mode for our work during some other amount of time. The problem is when we keep mixing both all the time.
2. Self-interruptions. Of course there are working contexts that better provide focus, being the lack of stimula a great helper. But, some tricks (which I bet you already have) are particularly important when you do have to work in a interruption_crowded context. I would highlight a couple: a) define each task step shorter and write it down like a log - micro guidance gives you better focus and makes it a lot easier to recover your way after the interruption. b) make sure you are not interrupting yourself using the external factor as an excuse.
Hope it adds some value to the discussion.
Gonçalo Gil Mata