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Where Do You Go When You Need to Get Work Done?

“People are trading in their work day for work-moments when they go to the office”–Jason Fried

This is a pragmatic and insightful talk about how and why work gets done or doesn’t.

“You don’t go to sleep, you go towards sleep.” –Fried compares the sleep cycle to the work cycle. I love this because it’s the same with work–you don’t go to work, you go to a place where work can happen, but unless the experience and circumstances of that work-place are right, you don’t get anything done.

The Real Problems of the Workplace according to Fried:

The Managers

The Meetings

One solution he shares is “No Talk Thursdays,” where people come in and work but do not talk to each other. The focus of his talk is on getting uninterrupted time to focus and think critically about one’s job.

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  1. Honestly, I’m not really that picky when it comes to my workstation, as long as I’m GTD-ready either at my desk or my notebook when I’m on the road.

    I absolutely work better in groups too. Working solo is pretty distracting, for some reason.

    • i’ve been thinking about how i use my early mornings and late evenings–which he mentioned are for most people the best time to get things done. honestly i haven’t been maximizing either of these, and am thinking through how to re-allocate my day to free those up.

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