Finally got around to reading this, and it is AWESOME.
This is probably my favorite one (I used to do it all the time when I used to work in an office):
Read the full post
Hide in an iPod.
One of the best and easiest ways to avoid distractions in the workplace is to be wearing those cute little IPod earbud headphones (or any other headphones of your choice).
People, for some reason, feel much worse interrupting you if you are wearing headphones than if you’re not.
It’s great — a lot of the time, people will walk up to you, start to say something, notice the headphones, apologize (using exaggerated mouth motions), and walk away.
This is great — half the time they didn’t actually need to talk to you, and the other half of the time they can send an email that you can process at the end of the day during the second of your two daily email sweeps.
Here’s the best part: you don’t actually have to be listening to anything.
Hell, you don’t even have to have the headphones plugged into anything.
The whole thing is well worth the read. I do a lot of these things already, but I still check my email too much…need to get better at that…