An email pops up on your screen. It's a client sharing a project update. A Slack message appears. It's your boss asking a question. A text alert beeps. A colleague wants to know if you will be attending a meeting.
Sound familiar? People are increasingly besieged at work by interruptions through email, messaging apps, social media, and in-person encounters.
Interruptions also often spark negative emotions like annoyance and anxiety. Frequent interruptions may, over time, lead to stressful feelings of overload, irritation, and a sense of "time famine" — having too much to do and not enough time.