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Senior personal tech columnist. Joanna Stern is back to share another work from home tackle tip of the day Joanna. Welcome back I am so excited about. Today's tips hang on. Can you hang on just one second? I actually after my family and tell them that we're doing this interview. Oh hang on on the MIC. Please be quiet. Okay sorry I I see what you did there. You completely upstaged me and took my tip and that's fine. I'm not needed anymore. This show but for those listening. My tip is well look. I won't even say this is my tip. This is from so many of our listeners so many of readers that I'm not gonNA take credit for this tip has to do with telling all your new colleagues and by colleagues. I mean your spouse and your children and your dogs and whoever else you live with that you are on a very important phone call or in a very important meeting or recording a very important podcast and so we got lots of people writing in sending messages about how they tell the people they live with not to bother them. Should we play the first one? Yeah let's play it. So this is from Terry Simpson. He lives in Trenton Georgia. And I love this. What I've done in my household is installed a little switch on the wall and on the other side of the wall out in the core part of the house. I have on air son. That's the notification that those that are in the house should be quiet I saw this when my kids were very little and they really didn't understand what I was doing. So it was a notification for my wife That the kids need not be that side of the house Making a lot of ways now that my kids are a little older. They know that understand. What The red light means as far as being on there yes this is what I need. I know he is a genius. And actually I called Terry. 'cause I was so interested in this turns out this was not the easiest thing to build. I mean it was easy for him because he seems like the fix it guy and I'm not like the home fix it guy. So what he did was he bought this sign on Amazon. It's a light up on air signed and I actually went and found some Amazon that you can buy. I mean they're gonNA ship for Awhile and he actually. He drilled a hole in his wall. He's snaked the cord through the wall. Then he installed it into an outlet that is by his desk so it's all pretty complicated. I'm now going to challenge myself. I don't know what I'm GonNa find the time for this and I don't know where I'm GonNa get the sign but I want to challenge myself to do the same thing with smart home equipment and I think it could be done really easily that you could turn your phone into the remote to turn on this on air sign so I know how new weekend project I love this so much. I want you to make one for me too. I WanNa make one for everyone and not quit my job but maybe make these what I love about. This though is that we heard from so many other readers who sent me their signs who all sort of just like randomly had suggested this tip and they obviously do it in a really low tech way they get piece of paper. They get a marker or a pen and they write on the sign. Something I don't I don't everyone should be inspirational and find their own inspiration. What THEY WANNA to write on their quiet the bleep down sign? But you know quiet. I'm on an important phone. Call quiet please. Don't bother me put it on your door and don't forget to take it off when you're done. Yeah that's important part right. I mean I think people have been talking about the. Don't Cry Wolf Syndrome either. Yes one of our readers. Britney boys from Yorktown Virginia sent in the same tip. She sent a photo of hers which is a very nicely written conference call in session. Please quiet down and she wanted to remind me that we should not cry wolf with this. We shouldn't just put this up all the time and we shouldn't forget to leave it up. We should only put it up when we really are on that important call or meeting if that signs up all day then people aren't going to be quiet all