Why Is It So Hard To Work At Work?

Jason Fried of 37signals (Basecamp etc) talks about why it’s so hard to get good work done at work.

The reason is distractions of course.

These can be both voluntary (Facebook, Twitter etc where you choose to do something at a time convenient for yourself) and involuntary (meetings etc where someone else decides your time allocation for you). The latter are usually the difficult ones!

He offers three suggestions for starting to make the office a great environment to get good work done:

  • No Talk Thursdays (give everyone the regular gift of an uninterrupted block of time)
  • Reduce Face-To-Face Interactions (use collaborative software more)
  • Cancel Some Meetings Entirely (just do it…)

Appropriately, now’s a good time for making some business resolutions for 2011!


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