Melissa Du+ Your Authors @melissadooo Co-founder of @cadenceworkapp (YC W20). I enjoy reading and riding my bike. Previously @Stanford @Dropbox. May. 24, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

The green status presence indicator in Slack is destructive to productivity.

Why? If someone’s circle is green then I subconsciously expect an immediate response, without any consideration for whether my message has interrupted the other person’s workflow.

Rather than re-focusing back on my work, I’m then periodically checking to see whether I received a response.

One idea for batching requests to others in a minimally disruptive way could be to institute one hour time blocks, during which you can have as much synchronicity and disruption as possible. Then no meetings and no expectation of instantaneous response for the rest of the day.

In actuality this may be difficult to pull off because everywhere else (iMessage, WhatsApp, etc) we’re trained to expect instantaneous responses, what with all the typing/presence indicators (“last seen 5 mins ago”). So implementing such a policy might feel too harsh.

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