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Why Work Doesn't Happen at 'The Office' Big News for Small Businesses

21 Sep Why Work Doesn't Happen at 'The Office' Big News for Small Businesses

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by Melissa Wilson  •  0 Comments

Where do you really go when you want to get work done?  Keeping Your Balance knows that getting the fundamental tasks completed and saving money are top priorities for small businesses and start-ups.  We look outside the box to give our clients valuable information regarding all things business related, not just accounting and tax related!  

According to Jason Fried's TED Talk on why work doesn't happen at work, there's typically 3 types of answers to the question, where do you really go to get work done.  

  1. A Place or Location: The porch, deck, extra room in the house, coffee shop
  2. A Moving Object:  Your commute (train, plane)
  3. Time: It doesn't matter where I am as long as it's really early in the morning or really late at night. 

"You almost never hear someone say the office, but businesses are spending all this money on this place called 'the office' and they're making people go to it all the time.  Yet, people don't do work in the office! 



Fried purports that we don't have work days, we have work moments.  What happens is we get interrupted constantly throughout the day, and short bursts of time are not conducive to getting 'real' work done.  People really need long stretches of uninterrupted of time to get something done.  He goes on to say, 

"Sleep and work are very closely related...sleep and work are phase based events...in order to get to the really deep ones, the really meaningful ones, you have to go through the early ones.  If you're interrupted while you're going through the early ones, you don't just pick up where you left off...you have to go back a few phases and start again.

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