BLUF: I'm looking for suggestions for how to work effectively with a direct who asks the same questions repeatedly and then still does not follow through with as instructed. I'm aware that once I let a direct wear me down (and this is what is happening) I don't have the energy reserve I need to manage them effectively. So I'm looking for tips on what I can do to not let this wear me down, more so than to correct her.
We are just starting one-on-ones so it's too early for MT style feedback. I find the repetition of the questions exhausting. Add to that this week I'm trying to work on many very detailed, time sensitive projects that need focus and concentration, so the frequent interruptions are very disruptive.
She is new seasonal direct who after I explain a project to her, has many, many questions about every detail. For more then needed to accomplish a given project. Most of the questions are things I've explained several times already, within the previous hour. I'm guessing that she is a high C as she wants to do everything perfectly. She also MUST do everything NOW and has to have an answer from me NOW. I'm not sure where that fits into DiSC.
I started the day by saying, I've got some work I need to do that requires that I not be interrupted. If you have any questions, please write them down and I will check in with you to see periodically through the day to answer them. However, this worked only until I checked in -- once I answered her questions the first time, then her compulsion to ask me again and again took over.