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Other interruptions can be controlled. For example, you need a plumber to fix sink and have a friend that wants to see your hydrangeas. Schedule them both for same afternoon, i.e., group things into specific time slots if possible and then plan activities for that time that are not sensitive to interruptions.
Another consideration: don't schedule them for time of day that is your best "thinking" time. For example, I am at my best in morning so, when I have a choice, I avoid scheduling things in morning. That way, interruptions don't disturb me when I'm at my best.
Are kids or spouses walking in and asking you mundane questions that could have waited? Have a signal that means "DO NOT BOTHER ME UNLESS SOMETHING IS BURNING OR BLEEDING". It could be as simple as closing your office door. Or, you could turn on a specific light or lamp that would mean same thing. How about a "Do Not Disturb" door hanger similar to those in a hotel? Make it a strict rule and enforce it: they will get idea. Eventually.
We have just scratched surface, but this beast can be tamed with a little thought and creativity.
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