The Calm Company

I’ll admit it, I’m a fanboy of Jason Fried and his company Basecamp. I’m always in awe after reading one of his articles, viewing one of his videos or hearing him speak on a podcast. His thoughts and opinions are clear, articulate and always make complete sense.

After reading his second book “REWORK,” which he co-wrote with David Heinemeier Hansson, and since we began using his company’s web-based project management tool Basecamp to run all of our projects here at Block Club, I came to really admire Fried’s approach to making work as efficient as possible. That’s why I was really excited to learn about plans for the next book from Jason and David, “The Calm Company.”

Jason includes the introduction for the book in his blog post here. I’d love to highlight a snippet or two from the post here but, to be honest, every single sentence is worth reading. Please do yourself a favor and spend the estimated six minutes it will take to read the full article. I’m sure most, if not everyone, can relate to the problems that are outlined. Why do we often refer to the pace of our workplace as “crazy”? I hear this all the time when talking with friends and colleagues.

While this has been accepted as normal in most workplace environments these days, I don’t think that has to be the case. Avoiding distractions, knowing when to say no and saving time on your calendar every week for uninterrupted work are just a few of the items that can be done to avoid a crazy workplace atmosphere.

Making your time as efficient as possible at work will also directly impact your personal time for the better. This is very important to me with two little ones at home. I want to make every minute away from them at work matter so that when I leave for the day I feel confident that my work is in a good place and so I can enjoy my time with them as much as possible.

That isn’t to say that you need children at home in order to be more efficient at work. Everyone should want their time at work to be productive and to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Keep an eye on the progress of “The Calm Company” as well as confirmation on the release date here.

- Steve

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