Time Bandits

On average, it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to recover from a distraction.

Time bandits build their success at the expense of your success. It is of paramount importance to learn how to manage time bandits.

A typical time bandit manifests itself in the form of a work colleague who will either call or approach you, and very likely mutter the phrase, “do you have 5 minutes?”, regardless of your actual or perceived work load.

Your response to the time bandit is irrelevant, as the time theft is already in motion. Once the time bandit has moved on to its next victim, it will take approximately 23 minutes and 15 seconds for you to re-zone.

The zone is where you are at your best, doing the thing you do to be successful.

The Official Dad

You might want to be successful so you can:

  • Earn more money to provide for your growing family
  • Earn more money for other reasons

Common time bandit opening statements are:

  • Do you have a minute?
  • Do you have 5 minutes?
  • I just wanted to call to give you an update

If you decide to assist the time bandit, you may find yourself accessing one of the more popular online search engines to resolve their issue.

When presenting the time bandit with your search results, you discover they had not consulted the popular online search engine first before asking for your assistance. It is natural to feel used and broken after falling into this trap.

Your family are not time bandits.

The Official Dad

Managing time bandits is complex and tricky, depending on your working arrangements and where the time bandit sits in the workplace hierarchy.

Adding time bandits to your blocked numbers list may be a good start, yet may produce awkward moments when in the immediate physical presence of the time bandit.

The Official Dad recommends exploring all options in your workplace, including talking to your trusted co-workers, to maximise productivity and provide a platform for your success.