I’ve been thinking about this video for three days now, ever since I saw it on Swiss Miss. As a freelancer who regularly works on-site contract gigs for lots of different kinds of companies, I’ve gotten to audition lots of different work processes. Despite all of them having their own quirks and vastly different personalities, everyone (including me) struggles with how to manage time and distractions. But I’ve only seen a few businesses that have an approach anywhere near what Jason Fried talks about in this video.
It’s basically everything I struggle to articulate about working at home versus in an office. Further, Jason’s tips for making people WANT to come to the office are brilliant. Less talking. Communicating online as much as possible. Cancel the weekly status meeting. Yes, just get rid of it. It doesn’t matter in the end. Distraction are still distractions, but they’re far less of a hindrance than interrupting someone. Because interrupting someone ambushes their train of thought, effectively sending them back to square one.