Set Strong Boundaries for Dealing with Interruptions

Written by Eric

No matter how hard you may try to avoid it, you’re going to be put in situations where you’re working and getting constantly interrupted. It can happen in many places, whether it be at work with other coworkers, somewhere with friends, or at home with your family.

It can be frustrating, or it can take you off track, so you need to learn how to deal with these interruptions properly so that you keep up with your work while also being civil with others.

For example, let’s say that you’re working at home writing up some documents on your laptop. Your kids might come in and start talking to you or make loud noises in the background again and again.

What you shouldn’t do is get mad at them, but rather you should tell them to be quiet during certain times of the day or interact with them every so often so that they’re less prone to interrupting you later on.

The situation with your family can depend on age as well. Toddlers won’t understand very easily that you need to focus on work, so try and patiently work with them to not come in so often, or try and play with them a bit more when you can so that they feel like they’re seeing you enough.

With older kids they can be a bit more understanding, so you should be able to explain it to them, and with teens they probably want to be in their own rooms anyway. When it comes to coworkers, you don’t want to seem like a complete stick in the mud, but you also have to be able to focus on the work you’re there to do.

Ask them nicely to talk later when you’re not working, and if that doesn’t work, get a little more stern. They of all people should hopefully understand that you need work, and if they’re still preventing you from doing your work, you might have to take the problem to someone above you instead of dealing with it personally.

Finally, you have friends that can be distracting. They might badger you into going out and hanging out with them, or prod you about working too much, but you should be able to tell them that you have to work and you’ll just have to organize some time to hang out later.

It’s a difficult balancing act, but you should be able to still enjoy the time you have with your friends and family without sacrificing your work.

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