how can I handle interruptions when I’m concentrating? by Alison Green on November 30, 2012 A reader asks: What is the best approach for handling interruptions (from colleagues or bosses) at work when you are either busy, in the middle of something else, or just plain unprepared because your mind is on a different project? I sometimes find myself flustered when colleagues or managers stop by without a warning to discuss something that’s on their mind when I’m in the middle of something else. It makes me feel blindsided or incompetent when I don’t have a straight answer for it because I was unprepared for it. And since I work in an open space, I do not have the luxury of closing my office door or not answering the phone. I answer this question at the Intuit QuickBase blog today. You can read it here. You may also like:what should I do when coworkers interrupt me on my lunch break?double standards: why your interviewer can take interruptions during an interview but you can’twhat’s the etiquette for closing your office door?