v. To interrupt one's own work to check social media or perform some other non-work-related task.
Other Forms
Office workers are interrupted—or self-interrupt—roughly every three minutes, academic studies have found, with numerous distractions coming in both digital and human forms.
—Rachel Emma Silverman, “Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article,” The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2012
Julie Morgenstern, author of "Never Check E-mail in the Morning," said: "It's important to recognize how much is coming from outside and how much is self-interruption. I think we self-interrupt just as much as we're interrupted by others."
—Rex Huppke, “Calling time out on work interruptions, distractions,” Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2012
2001 (earliest)
Resist the urge to "self-interrupt" — it is far better to do a brief reminder to yourself to do it, make a note and put it aside to do later, and get back to the task at hand.
—Margaret Miller, “Take a load off,” CMA Management, June 01, 2001