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Where do you go if you really want to get work done? If you are like most people, you probably work best “anywhere but the office.” If you must concentrate and focus on something, you need uninterrupted time. However, most individuals cannot get that at their workplace. Jason Fried, a web consultant, presents this problem in a way that will have many viewers nodding their heads in agreement. But are fewer meetings and less face-to-face interaction really the solutions? getAbstract recommends this presentation to people who have ever wondered why they cannot get anything done at work.

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Jason Fried is a software entrepreneur. He co-founded 37signals, a Chicago-based software company that builds web-based productivity tools. He co-wrote Rework, which rethinks the idea of work.



Companies and nongovernmental organizations build offices to enable their employees to come together to accomplish great work. However, people will tell you that if they need to get something important done, they don’t go to the office. They might do their crucial tasks in a library or in their homes; they might do them outside office hours or while they are commuting.

At the office, your day becomes splintered: Instead of a whole workday, you are...

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    j. w. 3 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries Seems applicable to many people, including myself. While I also noticed that there are people who can work quite well under distractive circumstances.
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    D. H. 3 years ago
    While the idea of distractions as a cause for reduced productivity and a feeling of dissatisfaction does sound appealing,I suggest that certain roles are transactional and perhaps are meant to like that -nothing goes in a planned way as the role itself caters to all issues that are not falling in the normal processes of how work gets done. Ideas like no talk Thursdays or having passive methods of communication cannot be universally applied ...the role may be customer facing or employee facing which calls for immediate action.My suggestion is that an organisation must analyse the reasons for the so called distractions - and in a systematic way,try to find ways like automation,shared services etc - which could take way some of the interruptions.In Today's data analytics world ,investing in such technology can possibly improve productivity without affecting the customer or the employee . The topic of why work doesnt happen at work is important -may need some deeper thought ...
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    K. S. 3 years ago
    #30DaysofSummaries I totally agree sometimes we have meetings in the calendar that aren't necessary per se. I like the idea of quiet Thursdays. I will implement something like that and see what the outcome is like.
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    A. A. 3 years ago
    I think there may be more to the 'Why' than the three speaker has illustrated in the talk.

    I also do not agree with the 'Guest' comment below; seems like a quote that is a reaction to the 'noise' being borne by the speaker and hence, is it really a measure of his 'mental capacity'? I believe that when you point a finger towards someone three point towards you.
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    A. 6 years ago
    «I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and may therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.»
    —Arthur Schopenhauer