Minimizing Interruptions (Part II)

We are sometimes responsible for inviting others to interrupt us.

Seven ideas to increase your success in reducing invitations to interrupt you include:

  1. Remove the “bait” from your work area i.e. sweets for others to share.
  1. Be less willing to make small talk.
  1. Stop saying – “Drop by any time”
  1. Make yourself less accessible by working with your back to the passageway.
  1. Don’t hesitate to tell people you’re working on a pressing priority
  1. Stop setting a bad example by interrupting others.
  1. Walk with a purpose; move quickly to communicate that you are busy and less inviting.