OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever been interrupted. I’ll wait. Hmmm…let’s see, everyone!
Interruptions. We deal with them on a daily basis; from personal home life to the working world. I don’t recall a day (recently) to where I’ve not had to grind to a halt to address some ’emergency’ item. (that was mostly the work world).
At home, things are a little nearer and dearer, such as a sick cat, sick husband, best friend having yet another mental catastrophe, it goes on and on. Or more importantly, your own body sneaks out an interruption, like bathroom visits, hunger, pain, or fatigue.
How to deal with these little ‘unexpected events’? I tell you what…I can be on a roll with writing, and my cat sneaks in (which I don’t see or hear) and he’ll RAWR very loudly, nearly sending me out of my chair! I’ll spin around and ask him, “What? What do you want?”
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if cats could speak? I swear, he does it on purpose. His sister did it for fun, honest.
So, before my own train of thought interrupted me (hehe)…how to deal with it?
Back in my office days, here are some tips I picked up:
- Don’t act annoyed. Groaning aloud is a definite turnoff to the higher-ups. Trust me, this just spurs them on
- Take one interruption at a time and keep good notes of where you were. Trust me.
- If the ‘urgent’ item is in the middle of yet another ‘fire’ (very common in my old workplaces) then get all the info you can and get back to them; this will placate the requester enough to leave you alone and handle the items.
Overall, don’t let all the interruptions stress you out. They are part of life. Ask your mother…how did she survive your first two years with the constant sleep deprivation? Love and hopefully some good backup like Dad or Grandma. Enlist help, delegate, don’t take it all on yourself if it’s overwhelming!
Thank you for interrupting your own world to read this post. 🙂