Getting work done is an illusive thing. I get my real work done early in the morning -- everyone has their way of getting the uninterrupted time they need to do something useful.
In the presentation he talks about the two Ms: Managers and Meetings, from which come all things that prevent getting real work done.
Here are some good quotes:
- Managers are people whos job it is to interrupt people.
- They don't really do the work so they have to make sure everyone else is doing the work -- and that is an interruption.
- The thing that is worse (than interruptions) is the thing that managers do most of all and that is call meetings.
- Meetings are just toxic, terrible, poisonous things during the day.
- Meetings procreate. One meeting leads to another meeting...
What to do?
He goes on to suggest three ways to make the office into a place where work gets done:
- No talk days -- so people can actually do some work
- Switch from active communication (meetings) to passive communications (email)
- Cancel the next meeting -- you will find that everything is just fine.
Jason Fried runs 37 Signals, a company that provides elegant web based tools for getting work done. They have a pretty good blog called Signal vs Noise that I recommend to anyone interested in this subject.