Newsletter – June – Quality

Written by Matteo Cassese

If I have a wish for the world is to collectively communicate and work better. Much better.

But today I want to focus on the quality of work. I’ve always liked offices, like the ones depicted in Mad Men. Since I gave up corporate life and started working in a home office, my interest has become ever more practical and intense.

Now I’m responsible for my own corporate culture, my own productivity, and my own office space. And I am always wondering if the spaces I create are making me efficient or not. And also if being productive will actually make me happy.

I’ve started with following what David Allen says about productivity: I applied Getting Things Done. Then I discovered how to involve the body while working, through a standing desk. I’ve also added more vertical surfaces like a whiteboard, walls of Post-it notes and even started scribbling on the windows. I also added a very specific soundscape to my office. I’ve tried to tame disruptions by eliminating email notifications and keeping my cellphone out of reach. And every day I ask myself: am I doing it right? Am I expressing my potential? Am I doing the right work in the right way?

I would love to hear your thoughts, learn about your productivity rituals and get a picture of your office setup.
In the meantime please find the most interesting links from the world of work that I’ve collected in the past month.

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Sofas and surveillance: Technology firms and the office of the future

Most of the offices I visit deeply reflect brand values, encourage social behavior, but don’t make anyone more productive. Are we wasting a great opportunity?

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Speaking of offices: everybody needs a whiteboard. And Jamboard just promises to be an improved digital version. Too bad it’s still too expensive for me to test it out for you.

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How Pixar Lost Its Way

For 15 years, the animation studio was the best on the planet. Then Disney bought it.


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