Is there a way of preventing messenger or emails from noisily interrupting when you are trying to listen to a programme or concentrate on another call. Always when I am trying to follow duolingo, as I am now, a particular friend in America chooses the same time to send me endless photographs which ping as they arrive. Is there a way to stop this without being rude?
You can turn off notifications on phones or switch your phone to Do Not Disturb/Silent. DND probably best, I think. It's what I turn mine to at night.
As for a laptop... well, I think logging out of most applications will help. For instance my macbook will ping about new emails but only if I've opened the application and kept it on in the back ground. If I quit it it's quiet.
I should check out your "Preferences" folders on phone and computer and see what is suggested. Good luck.
The thing to remember is that it's not rude not to be immediately contactable at all times. Any expectation of that is really unreasonable but not worth arguing about, so making avoidance the best option: Do Not Disturb will, I think, be obvious without one having to give an explanation which, also importantly, you are under no obligation to give.
Thankyou Baggs . It is the laptop but now I know I can turn off messenger that will help, I am sure.
Not sure what to do when on a call and another comes in which I deem more important. Is there a way of politely ending one call so you can take the next! It's not that I am popular, just that often 2 calls come in at the same time.
Just re-read your title and notice that sometimes the potential interruption might be during a language course.
My feelings about that are that you are entitled to have time to yourself and to do things you choose to do. I don't suppose you're doing language courses all day unless it's a very special thing you've committed to.
So now it's all down to what you think is more important at any one moment and why because perhaps what you think is more important might not be. but, as I said earlier, I don't know all the details.