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Email is not Real 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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Meeting Rules

  • 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.

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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 stat...

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Facilitate Deep Work

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 office into a library, followin...

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Mails and Priorities 

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.

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Be Distraction-Free

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.

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Collaborative Notes

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

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A Deep Work Routine

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...

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Time Blocks for Communication

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.

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It is the ability to perform valuable, cognitively-demanding activities in a distraction-free state.

It allows us to operate at or near the upper bounds of our cognitive potential—which is essential to doing our best work. 

Reducing Emails And Distractions

  • Sending and replying to email feels like work, but in reality, it is pseudo-work. Do not be available on email and chat all the time, setting aside time-blocks in a day.
  • To get into the ‘flow’ mode, you have to prioritize focus, blocking all outside distractions, by silencing your ...

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