30 Mar 2010
Last Friday I got sucked into watching some of the hilarious promotional videos that 37Signals had done for their recently released book, Rework. And because YouTube is a magnetic vortex I got sucked into watching several other insightful videos and interviews with 37Signals’ Jason Fried.
Then as the dawn of a new work-week arose, Fried was back in the spotlight with a video I’d somehow missed. In this clip from a longer interview Fried explores the impact of distractions in the workplace.
If people want to get things done, theyâ€™ve got to get rid of interruptions. And so I think thatâ€™s something weâ€™re focused on, is trying to remove every possible interruption from peopleâ€™s day. So they have longer and longer periods of uninterrupted time to actually get work done.
And managers are the biggest problem because their whole world is built around interruption. Thatâ€™s what they do. Management means interrupting. Hey, whatâ€™s going on? Howâ€™s this going? Let me call a meeting because thatâ€™s what I do all day, I call meetings.
Fried is beginning to become a sought after guru on his brand of workplace productivity and efficiency through minimalism. I could see him becoming the David Allen of the next generation of business people and entrepreneurs. Especially if you subscribe to Wired’s plan for the next industrial revolution.
Update: 37Signals has posted the illustrations from their book Rework. I foresee these being sold in poster form in the near future.