Dealing With Distractions in Open Offices

Dealing With Distractions in Open Offices

We received this comment below on the podcast (Episode 100), and so we’re answering his question on dealing with distractions in open offices, to kick of the new year.

Hey guys, thanks for the content! I’d like to hear your ideas about handling extended busy times. I’ve been practicing GTD (poorly, but trying) for 4 or 5 years and firmly believe in the system. I’m a manager in what is, unfortunately, effectively an open office. I don’t currently have the ability to schedule my time which makes it extremely difficult to work on the important things without getting interrupted. In the next few months I’ll be moving to a separate office in the same building which will then give me the opportunity [to] put a schedule in place. In the meantime, and for others caught in the same sort of situation (think customer service for example) it would be great to get some tips on what might work in these types of situations. Cheers!


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In this Cast | Dealing With Distractions in Open Offices

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes

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  1. Scheduling calls for most interruptive conversations
  2. Active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones
  3. Luxafor lights
  4. Sound barrier panels (Ray’s preferred panels: Versare SoundSorb VersiPanel)

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