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Do you welcome interruptions?

Imagine you're in the middle of a project or assignment, something you are pretty deep into. The doorbell rings, your phone rings, someone knocks on your office door or walks into your cubicle. How do you feel about the interruption FIRST? Do you welcome it, or does it irritate you?

I always feel a little disturbed when I'm interrupted and I often think - can't it wait? Why do you have to plow into my space already talking about something when an email would be much nicer? I realize that some people are excited about news to share, so sometimes I just keep my irritation to myself, but other times I just can't. I just want to say - hey, could you maybe wait a bit if you see I'm busy? Now I'm off track, out of my groove, and you could have waited until I was done, right?

I also let people know ahead of time the times I will NOT be available or reached. When I'm out running, even if I carry my phone, I will not answer calls or texts or messages or anything - unless it's really an emergency. Obviously if you call me 5 times in a row, I MIGHT answer eventually because most of the time, that would indicate a problem. The other night my phone started blowing up when I was watching a movie with my family. My phone was plugged in not where I was sitting, and I just didn't feel like getting up and looking. It kept ringing!

Does anybody else experience this too? Someone always wants you when you're busy, and when you're not, nada, nothing?

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MegL wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:55 PM

I do not like being interrupted when I am in the middle of a project because they generally take a great deal of concentration and I lose my train o thought.

BarbRad wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:05 PM

One reason I love hiding out where I'm living now is that the telemarketers haven't found me yet -- at least not all of them. My number here is not posted online. I hate interruptions and don't really welcome drop-in company the way I used to. I'm not even dressed yet today. When I'm writing, an interruption breaks my train of thought.

ElfenLied21 wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:08 PM

If I am in the middle of something important, it is irritating to get interrupted. I do usually tell people when I will be busy though and that usually keeps them at bay.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 15, 2015, 6:03 PM

I don't like being interrupted if I'm busy, even if I'm just busy relaxing. My students can attest to the irritation I feel when the intercom goes off while I'm teaching.

isabbbela wrote on January 15, 2015, 7:52 PM

Interruptions most of the time annoy me. I get distracted easily, and it takes me a while to concentrate. That is why if I am concentrated and someone or something interrupts me it breaks my line of thought and I get a little frustrated.

bestwriter wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:12 AM

Interruptions are not welcome but tolerated. Diplomacy is the name of the game emoticon :smile:

JohnRoberts wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:30 PM

No, I hate being interrupted. People are annoying and take delight in bugging you.