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On a personal level, the answer is batching your shallow tasks together and blocking a time to do them all at once. On a team level, a balance can be maintained between long-term projects and short-term demands with two new complementary tools.
Each member of the team (except the Hero) spends one day per week on Housekeeping. It gives them time to focus on small but important tasks.
Housekeeping is a personal day. If the Hero hasn't explicitly asked for help on an issue, people can choose which tasks they want to work on. Sometimes this time is used to learn something new related to current or upcoming work.
Although the Hero role and Housekeeping days may seem insignificant, they make teamwork more effective and less stressful.
All team members can start each month, week, and day knowing what work they want to focus on and the freedom to focus on it with minimal interruptions.
By separating short-term reactive work with longer-term work, Heroes and Housekeeping days ensure a balance.
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The activity of focusing without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
When you’re really locked into doing something hard with your mind… with zero distractions.
We usually give priority to unimportant tasks when there is a sense of urgency around them.
We’re actually psychologically wired to put aside important tasks in favor of ta...
A few explanations as to why it’s so hard to reject urgent tasks:
The problem is that we’re continually bombarded with urgent work: emails, meetings, calls, and instead of being in control of our time and attention, we respond and act on someone else’s priorities.
... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:
In a remote team, you'll need the right tools to make sure everyone stays on the same page and can continue to execute without a physical person standing next to them.
You likely will need a tool in certain categories like group chat and video conferencing to make remote successful.
Good processes let you get work done in the absence of all else. They provide structure and direction for getting things done.
A few examples from Zapier: