Headphone Rule To disturb or not to disturb.

More often than not, one of my friends taps me on the shoulder while we are coworking to ask me a question or tell me something. As such, I had to reiterate the headphones rule to which most programmers abide. In doing so I discovered this site, but I believe the rule can be applied more realistically as follows:

  1. Always send a message instead of disturbing.
  2. Headphones fully worn means send a message and expect a response when I am available.
  3. Headphones half worn means send a message and if I do not respond quickly, a necessary disruption is acceptable.

In order to maintain a high level of productivity it is much more appreciated to simply send a message or schedule a time to chat. This will allow the developer (or any profession really) to remain focused on the current task.

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