Turn The Interruptions Off!

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Dealing with those pesky interruptions!  We all get interrupted, no matter if we are working in our offices or homes.... people are constantly demanding our attention.  Throw in a couple of children or a new co-worker and those interruptions will double!

How is a person suppose to get any work done!

Good question... Here are a few strategies to try:

1)  Stand up - When someone enters your office to speak with you, stand up.  This small gesture will signal to the person you do not have much time.

2)  Say it- Be more direct if you like and let the person know you only have a couple of minutes, this is true for a phone call too.

3)  Close your door - Let your colleagues know when the door is closed, please do not interrupt unless it's an emergency.

4)  Turn off Technology - Nothing is more distracting than hearing your phone ringing or seeing you have a new email.  If you need to focus, turn it all off until your done.

5)  Set boundaries - This is especially true for when you are at home.  If you are working on a project, let your children and spouse know you need this specific amount of time without any interruptions.  Sometimes all they need is to know!

Until Next Time...

Take Care,