Handling Interruptions

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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During your workday, you may be stressed and doing your best to meet your deadlines. However, when working around other people, this can be difficult as sometimes there are interruptions that throw you off track. So, how do you handle these interruptions? What can you do to minimize this issue while still remaining professional? Though the answers to these questions might be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Talk to the person that is interrupting.

Even if it is just a co-worker that came by to have a quick chat with you about his or her day, make sure to communicate with him or her. Let the other person that is interrupting your work know that you care about his or her conversation, but you are in the middle of a project. Make a time where the two of you can talk during a break or after work so he or she knows that you care about his or her issue.

2. Put on headphones.

Sometimes, interruptions are created by conversations that don't involve you or other noises, so if needed, put on a pair of noise canceling headphones so you can concentrate on the work at hand.

3. Find a quieter space.

If you are able to be mobile at your job, then try to find another place to work. Sometimes, you can't control the things around you, but you might have the ability to find a different place that is more comfortable to work.

Interruptions at work can be frustrating but addressing the issues that are causing these interruptions can help minimize your exposure to them and allow you to get back on track. So, be assertive, find a quiet place to work, and if all else fails, use those headphones.

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