Published Wed, Jul 21, 2021 by Cara Borenstein
In the office, it’s pretty obvious when your colleague is in Deep Work. You look over and see that she’s deep in some code. She’s in the zone, with her eyes glued to the screen. If your question isn’t urgent, you save it for later. If it’s urgent, you interrupt and get all hands on deck.
When you’re in the office, it’s also obvious when your colleague is on a break. She’ll be away from her desk. If you have a non-urgent question, you save it for later. If it’s urgent, you send a page and go looking.
With Work From Home, you don’t have this same type of visibility. It takes a little more effort to recreate it, but it can be worthwhile and provide benefits beyond teammate visibility.
The last few weeks, we’ve been experimenting with using a set of 4 emojis to denote our current status at work: Deep Work, Deep Break, Out of Office (OOO), In a meeting.