At TEDxMidwest, Jason Fried presented “Why work doesn’t happen at work.” He compares a work day to sleeping (Source). His tremendous ideas really do allow us to redefine what work is and where work takes place. The real problems, Fried says, are the M&Ms: managers and meetings.
I can only do work at home when I’m by myself. I read 8 books at a time on presentation at home in total silence. I create slideshows at home while listening to music. I practice my delivery with my PhotoBooth camera sitting on the living room couch. Home. Alone.
Thankfully, I teach. While I’m at work, I’m communicating all of this information I’ve prepared at home in the classroom setting. Unfortunately, I am also required to conduct office hours. I say “unfortunately” because I must physically be present in an office. I can’t help students while sitting in a chair in an office miles away from them. I can’t prepare for my next class because people constantly interrupt my creative process by talking to me or each other. I most certainly don’t grade. Grade in the office? Impossible. No Talk Thursday, as Fried proposes, would be AMAZING in my line of work.
What is the culture of your office?