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Jason Fried: Why the office is the worst place to work
The modern office has become an interruption factory. You can't get work done at work anymore. When people walk into the office, they trade their work day in for a series of work moments. It's like the front door is a “time Cuisinart” — shredding it all into little bits. When you're in the office you're lucky to have 30 minutes to yourself. Usually you get in, there's a meeting, then there's a call, then someone calls you over to their desk, or your manager comes over to see what you're doing. These interruptions chunk your day into smaller and smaller bits. Fifteen minutes here, 30 minutes there, another 15 minutes before lunch, then an afternoon meeting, etc. When are you supposed to get work done if you don't have any time to work? People — especially creative people — need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get things done. Fifteen minutes isn't enough. Thirty minutes isn't enough. Even an hour isn't enough.