Are you staying late or working on weekends to get things done?

by Abhishek

Just came across this wonderful excerpt from excellent business book "Rework", I thought I should share.

If you are constantly staying late and working on weekends, it’s not because there is too much work to be done. It’s because you’re not getting enough done at work. And the reason is interruptions. 

You can set up a rule at work that half the day is set aside for alone time

A successful alone-time period means letting go of communication addiction. During alone time, give up instant messages, phone calls, email, and meetings. Just shut up and get to work. 

Also, when you collaborate, try to use passive communication tools, like e-mail, that don’t require an instant reply, instead of interruptive ones, like phone calls and face-to-face meetings. That way people can respond when it’s convenient for them, instead of being forced to drop everything right away.

Are you staying late or working on weekends to get things done? Think about it.