It’s Time to Close the Door

Leadership Tip: A closed door* isn’t a sign of disrespect for others it’s a sign of respect for yourself *or a do not disturb, silent mode, paused notifications… with a picture of a red and white “please do not disturb” sign.

The “Open Door Policy” wreaks havoc on organizations.  Or perhaps it’s more the underlying thinking that’s doing the damage.

The thinking that we need to be available to everyone at all times, no matter what.

The thinking that if we close our door, create boundaries, make time for ourselves, we are rude, unapproachable, disrespectful, a bad manager/team member, etc.

The thinking that our biggest priority should be putting out fires, rather than preventing them.

To do and feel our best we need to be able to plan, think, and focus.  Every interruption makes our task at hand take so much longer.  We need to be able to close our doors, make ourselves unavailable, hide from the world.  Not forever, but for enough time to tackle the task at hand before we then launch ourselves back into the world with a greater sense of achievement and motivation.

When you make yourself unavailable for a short time, you signal to the world that you respect yourself, your work, and your outcomes enough to give them the attention they deserve.