Death by meeting ☠️
The best analogy I've come up with for office-dwellers is meetings. Both the scheduled and unscheduled variety apply, but the latter is the best parallel.
There's nothing more disruptive to productive workers than the constant task-switching of a meeting-culture office. Listen to a sad little story with me …
You have some big stuff on your list today
You put on your headphones and settle in
You pick the next problem or task from your list
You're really going to accomplish something today!
A meeting reminder pops up on your screen
All that hard work is flushed 🚽
Shuffle off to the conference room on floor 5
Spend the next hour wrapping your head around a totally new issue
One of the attendees pulls you aside to talk about follow-up
You talk for another 10 or 15 minutes
You roll back to your desk over an hour later
Just the thought of getting your head back in the zone exhausts you
15 minutes later you're back in your groove 🛫
An exec drops by to chat about something that's been on his mind 🛬
Interrupting your user's workflow is a lot like that in a little microcosm.