I have a pair that looks exactly like that, plus some others that are similar. I keep one at work and use it occasionally. Earplugs are less effective but cheap and small -- no reason not to use them at least, to reduce the noise somewhat.
Originally Posted by maclaren
Years ago I used to sometimes put a sign on my office door for an hour at a time so I could concentrate. If people did knock on my door I tried to quickly tell them I'd talk to them later.
Suelin, if you explain that the reason you want to work at home is that you get a lot more done there, maybe you could arrange to work at home several days every week. It's also good to have some interaction with co-workers, too, I guess, so one or two days at the office per week might be good. It might be good to start with one day a week at home for a while and then let your supervisor know how much more you're getting done, to convince them to let you have more days a week at home.
Or maybe you could start your day much earlier or later than most people, to be at the office during quieter times. Maybe taking lunch break at a different time might let it be a little quieter.
Rather than just "do not disturb", you could put up a sign stating the time you'll be available, and/or suggesting that people send you an email or voice mail. (You could refrain from answering you phone during this time, and let voice mail accumulate.)
I'm unsure whether putting interruptions off until later helps all that much. You still have to eventually attend to whatever it is. Maybe you can do it faster if it's an email rather than a polite chat.
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