As social creatures, we all like to talk and share things. It is tough, though, when you’re working to get something done, but instead you have to deal with a constant barrage of people coming into your office wanting something or needing an answer to a question.
In the age of instant communication and immediate gratification, people don’t even wait for the “Come in” call when an office door is shut, if they even bother to knock at all.
Working from home, my only interruption is my puppy wanting to play, but I still deal with the remote ‘knockers’: the ones who send an email and two seconds later follow up with an IM telling me to check the email they just sent. Talk about not having any patience.
There’s nothing worse when you are trying to talk on an audio conference call and you’ve got someone at your door asking a question—splitting your attention means something gets missed and it is usually what someone says on the phone.