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Need to Get Away From a Co-Worker? You Need This App on Your Computer

LearnVest •  May 18, 2017 | Business and Careers

Think of it as the workplace version of the emergency call on a bad date.

You’re working. You’re in a groove. Suddenly, one of those colleagues sneaks up on you and says, “got a sec?”

You don’t want to be rude, but this project is important. What to do? Say hello to the NOPE | Can’t Right Now browser extension by Breather.

After installing the (free!) Google Chrome extension, a small green ‘N’ will appear in the top right corner of your browser. You activate it with your phone number, then wait until the next time you’re trapped in endless chit-chat. Discreetly press the button and wait for your phone to ring, which conveniently excuses you from continuing conversation with your workmate. Hear that? That’s the sound of you getting a lot more work done.

It’s more than just a goofy gimmick: A recent study found that it can take up to 23 minutes to get back on track after a distraction.

And while a quick chat with a coworker can be a nice break, getting out of a conversation can be easier said than done.

Technology. Isn’t it the best?

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