If you’re working from home and anything like me right now, you may be familiar with a little something I like to call the Perfectly Timed Interruption.

No matter how quiet and flexible 90% of your day may be, the Perfectly Timed Interruption never fails to find that one moment when you really just can’t be disturbed. Maybe you’re having a videoconferencing call with a particularly important client. Maybe you’re leading a team meeting. Or maybe you’re recording a podcast — or even appearing live on a national news program (look at you!).

Invariably, that’s the moment when your pint-sized progeny, your significant other, or your top-secret live-in marsupial will decide to bounce into the room singing a song or making adorably weird wallaby noises (as my three-year-old frequently likes to do). Whether you’re new to working at home or a basement-dwelling veteran like yours truly, it’s an unavoidable part of the equation.

Or so I thought — until an ambitious and slightly crazy-seeming idea popped into this juicy old noodle o’ mine: What if I had an “ON AIR” light of sorts — a bulb that’d sit outside my home office door and light up whenever I’m in the midst of something that can’t be interrupted? It’d serve as a signal to everyone that the greasy wildebeest within should not be disturbed whilst the light is lit. When the light is off, well, enter as you must and at your own risk (as usual).

I’m not just thinking about a simple lamp with a switch on it, either. (Come on — what kind of column do you think you’re reading here?!) I’m envisioning a fully automated, intelligent system that’d know when I’m busy and turn the light on by itself and then off again after — without any thought or action required on my part. Because, clearly, if active thought is required, my rapidly decaying ol’ noggin will fail.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, there is indeed a way to accomplish this — and it’s actually quite easy to set up. The only requirement is that you have an internet-connected smart bulb like a Hue light (the kind with the Bridge hub attached; you can find starter kits for $70 and up, depending on how many and what types of bulbs you want). And once you do the initial five-minute configuration, it’ll just work from there on out — almost, dare I say it, like magic.

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