Honestly, you are just too polite. It’s so sweet you are willing to grab the phone, check the email, go to the door and put down the project you have a deadline for just to chat with a co-worker who popped in. On the other hand, what are you doing to yourself?
Solution: Realize it is okay to occasionally be selfish- well, politely selfish. Learning to limit interruptions doesn’t make you a bad person.
- Actually schedule time for a project on your planner. You can’t get things done when you “get around to it.” You’ll never find time that way.
- Close the door. An open door policy is great except when it keeps work from getting done. A polite note is all you need “Project in Progress. Leave a note and I’ll find you this afternoon.” Don’t have a door? Move a chair into your doorway of your cubicle and prop the note in it.
- Hang an inbox on your office door or at the entrance to your cubicle so people dropping things off don’t need to come in and interrupt.
- Leave. Take your laptop and go outdoors or to a spot where no one will bother you.
Until next time …