Have you ever been working super hard, and someone comes in to talk to you? It happens to all of us. Here’s how to handle these “fly-bys.”

1. Say No If You’re Busy

If someone comes in and you’re too busy, it’s okay to say, “No, I can’t talk right now.” But be nice about it. You can also tell them when you will be free later.

2. Use the Power of “No”

Sometimes, you have to say “no” to things. If you are really into your work, tell people you can’t help now. Always be polite and suggest another time or way to help.

3. Close Your Door

If you have a door and need to work without someone bothering you, it’s okay to close it.

4. Use Colored Papers

If you don’t have a door, use red, yellow, and green papers to tell people if they can talk to you. Red means “no,” yellow means “be careful,” and green means “yes.”

5. Ask for Help from an Assistant

If you have an assistant, they can help tell people when you can’t talk. They are great at making sure you can work without being bothered.

6. Share Your Calendar

Let people see when you’re busy by sharing your calendar. This way, they know when you’re free or not.

7. Stick to the Point

When someone does talk to you, make sure they stick to what’s important. This helps you get back to work faster.

8. Use Scheduling Apps

Apps like Calendly help people pick a time to talk to you when you’re not busy. It’s a great tool to help you manage your time.

9. Know What’s Flexible

Some things in your schedule can be moved around. Know what they are so you can make time for important things.

10. Think Before You Go to Meetings

Not all meetings are important for you. If you don’t need to be there, it’s okay to skip it. This saves you time to do your work.


It’s important to manage who talks to you at work. These 10 tips can help you stay focused and get more done. Try them and see how much better you can work without interruptions!