Wouldn’t it be great if we could just lock ourselves away and get on with our work without distractions?
In most cases this isn’t an option, so instead we have to find other ways to eliminate distractions.
As an assistant one of our biggest ‘distractions’ is the people around us. How many times do your colleagues stop by for a chat? How often are you asked, “When you’ve got a minute can you just…”?
It can be difficult to find a way to minimise the impact other people have on your time but there are ways you can regain control tactfully.
Sometimes simply explaining your situation and how busy you are is enough.
I would love to stop and chat, but I am really working on a tight deadline to get this presentation finished. Let’s catch up soon?
For the more persistent distraction, or the ‘can you just’ people that won’t take no for an answer, a firmer approach might be needed.
Although I’d love to help, unfortunately on this occasion I can’t. I’m too busy preparing the presentation for next week’s conference and so all of my time needs to be dedicated to completing this.
Be honest with people. If you don’t have the time to chat or to help, then explain this to them. Most people are reasonable and will let you get on with your work without further distractions.
How do you say ‘no’ tactfully? Why not comment below and share your ideas?
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