Interruptions at the workplace are a pain. Can working in a “async-fashion” help you?
Async work is a way to organize how to get stuff done with less interruptions and higher efficiency based on a few ideas:
- Async work should be used more often than sync work, it provides better resource management, reduces waste and therefore optimizes productivity
- Multiplexing your tasks and reducing scope allows you to deliver faster, test your hypotheses sooner and achieve success with higher confidence
- Communication should most of the times be async and only here and there be sync with things that definitely require you to do so. Keeping this as a rule of thumb allows people to focus on their tasks longer and concentrate on best practices like documentation and writing proper procedures.
- Always defaulting to action (within reason) helps the whole team move faster, reduce wasteful times and increase ownership.