Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

TED Talk: Jason Fried

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Does work really happen at the office?  How damaging are all of the interruptions we experience throughout the day?

In this TED Talk, Software Entrepreneur Jason Fried shreds the notion of the typical workplace being the best place to get work done and presents three forward-thinking tactics to help employees achieve more, deeper, and better work.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recall where people prefer to get work done
  • Recognize the importance of long uninterrupted stretches of time in the context of achieving deep work
  • Know what M&Ms are and how they damage productivity
  • Name three suggestions to make the office a better place for people to work

Watch the Video

Dig Deeper

After watching the video, reflect on the following questions.  Jot down your thoughts.  Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. Where do you get real work done? How do M&M’s affect your productivity? What changes can you make to this model to improve your productivity and that of those around you?
  2. Employ one of the three suggested techniques and try it out for a week. Reflect on the results.

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