A Psychologist Explains Why Ignoring Your Co-Workers Can Make You More Productive

How to deal with interruptions

A Psychologist Explains Why Ignoring Your Co-Workers Can Make You More Productive

To avoid talking to their colleagues, office workers use different methods:

  • Some of them choose to go into a “headphone prison” to show everybody around that they are focused on their work at the moment.
  • Others try to physically separate themselves by closing the door to their office.
  • One more way of dealing with this problem is to start working early or stay late at the office to get meaningful work done without distraction.

Ulrika Leons also recommends:

  • Together with your boss, you could visually block work places from common spaces in your office, so that you don’t have to see others when going to get a coffee or to the restroom.
  • You could also agree with all of your co-workers on a fixed “interruption-free” time when everyone can work in a more focused way.

By the way, people who work from home suffer from this problem as well — 43% of them also regularly deal with face-to-face interruptions. The only difference is the kind of people who interrupt them and ask “urgent” questions — for remote workers, it’s mostly family members or other people in the house.

How do you deal with interruptions at work? Let us know in the comments below!

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