I get interrupted frequently while I'm sitting in my office trying to get something done.
I KNOW this is very common, judging by what I've read in various threads, so I'm asking everyone here: what do you do? How do you handle interruptions effectively?
Yes, one-on-ones can significantly reduce the amount of interruptions you get from your DIRECTS. But what about peers? Or staff in other areas who report to your peers but need advice or information or favors?
The podcast on micro-communications seems to have some advice here: smile, face the person, and take notes. Should I close my door if I don't want to be interrupted? Does that send a bad message about availability?
Or...do I just have to take it on the chin here, knowing that these people are my internal customers and no matter what, their needs trump my own?
The bottom line for me is that interruptions sometimes reduce my effectiveness. I'm looking for some any advice or best practices any of you may have.