Communicating how involved you are in your work isn't always easy, especially if you work in a small office or home office where interruptions are frequent. Use this simple "door code" to signal your availability.
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Technology blog Unpluggd highlights a technique shared with them by readers that work from home together and do their best to establish boundaries so real work can get done.
DOOR OPEN: It means that you can be interrupted at any time for any reason. Whether somebody needs help opening a jar or just wants to chat about dinner plans.
DOOR AJAR: It means that you're busy. But if there's something extremely pressing, you can be interrupted. You can set your own house rules to say what "extremely pressing" means.
DOOR CLOSED: Don't. Even. Breathe. In. This. Direction. Open this door only if there's a fire in the house.
Do you have your own techniques for dividing your office and home life while working from home, or establishing boundaries at your traditional office? Let's hear about it in the comments.
The Home Office "Door Code" [Unpluggd]