Beach Walk 525 – Periscope Down

All this talk about multitasking…it’s time to talk about its corollary – deep focus, being in the flow, in the zone.

I find it a wonderful experience. And goodness knows there are plenty of things keeping us from being able to focus for periods of time.

Intel now has no email Fridays, when employees are encouraged not to use email for internal communications. I love that idea. I’ve taken to checking it far less often during the day, other wise it can easily turn into the tail wagging the dog.

Hawaiian Word:
Kahe: flow

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  1. No Email Fridays? I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple of months ago I turned off my gmail notifier because it was a constant distraction. Now, I check email a few times a day, and only keep gmail open when I’m expecting something from someone. And I’ve also found I have to shut the Twitter window to get any work done. I think the pendulum may have swung far enough toward the “crackberry”, constantly available lifestyle that people are realizing it becomes almost impossible to get any sizable task done in an environment of continuous interruption.

  2. Ditto on the Twitter practices – with replies and direct messages, I trust that I can get caught up what’s necessary.

  3. @Joe: Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m constantly amazed at how much twittering there is every day, at all hours, even with just the 150 people that I follow…

    How are they getting any work done?

  4. I really like the idea of no email fridays … although I also agree with the idea from the book “The Four Hour Work Week” that reminds us how much wasted time is spent in impromptu meetings. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But it definitely is harder to tune things out now-a-days. I heard the term “culturally induced ADD” and I often think that is a very really thing because of constant distractions and multi-tasking. (But just try getting me to turn off the cell phone and IMs) ๐Ÿ™‚