But real creative work, especially, is usually done quietly, solitary sort of work, where people are in a flow or in a focus mode where they’re able to just focus on the stuff and not be distracted and interrupted. It’s very hard to do really good work when you’re constantly being interrupted every 15 minutes, every 5 minutes, every 20 minutes, every 30 minutes.
Yes, yes, yes! I’m surprised at the resistance I receive every time I mention that people who need to create something need time away and along.
You simply cannot get into the right sustained flow state to create when you’re in an open office space. Headphones don’t work.
You still see people walking by, movement in your peripheral vision, and someone inevitably taps you on shoulder even when you’re wearing headphones.
“Are you busy? Do you have a minute?”
Interruptions destroy flow.