If you work in an office or a shared work area (or worse, in a â€śpublicâ€ť space, like a library or a Starbucks), one way to keep interruptions down is to be obviously very busy. If somebody interrupts you, donâ€™t ask how they are. Instead, no matter what youâ€™re doing, ask them if they can wait a moment. Then take a few seconds, finish your task and say, â€śSorry, Iâ€™m really busy today. What can I do for you?â€ť That sets the stage for a FAST interaction and keeps them on task. No chitchat necessary!