I forgot to link to this very good article from David. Having almost 6 kids, I am usually not bothered by noise outside my head, but by noise inside my head.
Noise inside my head comes mostly from not having a long or well defined task. These are the kind of tasks that tends to come in through Slack1.
To fix it I offload most of these tasks — before they reach me — to people who are better at handling them.
Companies that are business-savvy about the hidden costs of interruptions should know that they should be penny foolish and pound wise on this one.
Instant messaging in general: I have nothing against the company besides creating a Mac application that loves to eat all my resources and that doesn’t feel Mac-like. ↩︎