In a past life, I sold expensive software. In the middle of showing what would have been my largest client to date our most exciting feature, I was rudely interrupted by a notification that popped up on my screen.
Hey man, good luck with the demo today! Close the deal!"
I pretended to ignore it, but it did not go unnoticed by the other 4 people on the call. I stumbled on my words, forgot my train of thought, and ultimately we lost the customer.
This was not the first time I've been distracted on a video call.
It's harder than ever to stay focused
Most modern communication is done via video or audio call. I'd never check my phone during an in-person meeting, but have no issue jumping into Slack when I'm on a call with someone else. It is incredibly easy to get distracted.
That's a problem I struggle with daily, and it manifests itself in all aspects of my work.
One question can pull me out of what I set out to get done, and I often end days with nothing concrete to show after 10 hours at a screen and an unchanged to-do list. According to Harvard, it takes over 28 minutes to recover from an interruption. 16 interruptions is essentially your whole work day.
How many times were you interrupted today?
At Holopod, we want to help people get their best work done.
Most people's best work is uninterrupted deep work.
In order to get deep work done, you need to focus.
Likewise, it's important to stay focused when on a call or in a meeting.
Holopod allows you to Automatically manage your do not disturb settings, based on your Slack status.
Now you can pause notifications automatically when you're on a call, in the flow, or in a meeting. We hope this helps you get your best work done, without feeling guilty about shutting down Slack or not responding to a message.
Login to Holopod, and navigate to "Slack DND" on the dashboard. From there, you can choose which status will enable DnD.
Enable Do Not Disturb using Google Calendar
Enable Do Not Disturb using Office Hours
Setting boundaries for your remote work day helps you get your best work done. Setting your working hours on Slack will update your status to let your team know that you're done for the day, and when you'll next be online. It's a simple way to add visibility. This doesn't mean you can't work outside of office hours, but it sets a clear boundary that when you're offline there is no expectation to reply. This is a good discussion to have with your entire team.
Enable Do Not Disturb using Holopod Desktop
Holopod desktop automatically updates your status based on your active applications or websites. It can update your status if you're on a call, or in the Flow.
Do not disturb helps you get your best work done.
Slack is a powerful tool to operate your remote team. Setting guidelines on how your team operates on Slack will increase your productivity and overall team happiness. Creating time for deep work, staying focused on calls, and being able to check out for the day are all important when building remote culture.
Now take 3 deep breaths. Get back to work.