It would probably be best if managers went to the IT department and asked that e-mail not be distributed between eight and eleven every morning. The idea that the best way to communicate with people is 24/ 7 is not really an idea about maximizing productivity.
Glei, Jocelyn K. (2013-05-21). Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) (p. 92). Amazon Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What do you think of the above suggestion from Dan Ariely in the book I’m reading now? Are you ready to go down the hall to your IT department and tell them to cut you off between 8 and 11? And what if, at the same time, you turned off your cell and put your office phone on DND?
What if you excused yourself from the merely urgent? In the same section, Ariely says:
If you think about it, the world around us, including the world in our computers, is all about trying to tempt us to do things right now. Take Facebook, for example. Do they want you to be more productive twenty years from now? Or do they want to take your time, attention, and money right now? The same thing goes for YouTube, online newspapers, and so on.
What if – just for tomorrow, July 3rd – you tried it? What if you declared your indpendence from others’ urgent tempations and focused on doing something that mattered?
Tomorrow, for three hours, you’re going to do something awesome. You’re going to shut out the world around you – consciously – and you’re going to get after doing one thing that matters.
To make ready, today you must do two things:
1) Pick one thing that matters to accomplish tomorrow during your three-hour tour of freedom.
2) Commit to doing it.
Share this notion with the rest of your office. No urgent, just important tomorrow from eight to eleven. Then, have lunch together and celebrate how much better you just made your company.
Over the weekend, I shared more thoughts about the value of your time at the awesomely (and, in this case, aptly) titled blog, Dumb Little Man.