About a month ago, during an especially harried time for me at work, I kept track of how often I was interrupted during one whole work day.
It averaged out to about once every eight minutes... about seven times per hour.
Then consider the other 11 hours when I'm "working at home": kids, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, answering the phone, digging my way through all the paper from school....
I would imagine my rate of interruption is higher, but let's just stick with once every eight minutes.
So, in the (approx.) 17 hours that I am awake each day, I am interrupted 119 times.
119 times... per day!
when I am doing something and stop to do something else.
when I am thinking about one thing and have to think about something else.
when I am one place and have to hurry to another place.
when I am right brained and have to be left brained.
No wonder I forget my grocery list, return movies late, put in two different earrings, and have a hard time focusing on a good book.
My eight minutes are up....