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Shockingly Unproductive

  • Studies show that employees spend more than five hours per day reading and replying to emailsWhile it may seem like urgent work, email is not the best kind of work.
  • The open office culture in many big and small companies is not conducive to achieving the state of flow, in which we are creative and productive.

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Instead of the unstoppable email back and forth, using a collaborative tool or notion can lead to more productivity and fewer emails/notifications.

Setting specific times for employees to get into the deep work zone and establish certain rules that promote pure creative work is a great motivator and productivity enhancer.

If employees work just an hour doing one task, without any interruption, they will understand the benefits a...

  • Meetings should be short and crisp with a specific purpose/agenda and should just be a reason to gather.
  • There should be someone in charge of the meeting.
  • Meeting notes should be collaborative, and with a set goal.

A few smart strategies that can be deployed:

  1. Installing pods for deep work while having common areas for collaborative work.
  2. Wearing headphones that are easily seen to signal that you are not to be disturbed.
  3. Turning your of...

Text-based communication should have time-blocks: like an hour, twice a day, where we check and respond accordingly. It shouldn't be a constant activity.

Most email falls in the category of other people trying to get you to do something.

And ideally, we shouldn't be spending so much time per day catering to other people's work priorities.

If while working, we see an email or notification, it derails our focus even if we don't do anything about it.

An environment free of distractions, with no smartphone notifications, no ringing phones, no incoming email, facilitates deep work.

Real work, by definition, should be rare, valuable and cognitively demanding.

Email does not check any of these boxes, and is, therefore, a pseudo work.

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