Last week, I conducted an open course in personal productivity in Stockholm, with participants from a wide variety of industries: from disposal of radioactive waste to gardening, via pharmaceuticals (among others).
We talked about the advantages with shutting your office door from time to time, and about not checking your e‑mail constantly, when you really need to focus on a difficult task.
At 1:17 PM the day after, I got a nice mail from one of the participants:
I have promoted your course here at work! It was great and very interesting.
Just now, I opened Outlook. I had it shut down this morning between 10 and 12 AM and I closed my door.
I got so much done!
Isn’t it fascinating that such small measures as closing a door and shutting down an e‑mail program for a while may create such a substantial effect?