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From the Ted Talk by Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

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The real pbeomrls are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings. Those are the real problems in the modern office tdaoy. And this is why things don't get done at work, it's because of the M&Ms. Now what's interesting is, if you listen to all the peclas that people talk about doing work, like at home, in the car, on a plane, late at night, or elray in the morning, you don't find managers and meetings. You find a lot of other distractions, but not magarnes and meetings. So these are the things that you don't find elsewhere, but you do find at the ocfife. And managers are basically pepole whose job it is to interrupt people. That's ptrtey much what managers are for. They're for interrupting people. They don't really do the work, so they make sure everyone else is doing work, which is an interruption. We have lots of managers in the world now, and a lot of people in the wrold, and a lot of itonntirrupes by these managers. They have to check in: "Hey, how's it going? Show me what's up." This sort of thing. They keep interrupting you at the wrong time, while you're actually trying to do something they're paying you to do, they tend to interrupt you. That's kind of bad.

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The real ________ are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings. Those are the real problems in the modern office _____. And this is why things don't get done at work, it's because of the M&Ms. Now what's interesting is, if you listen to all the ______ that people talk about doing work, like at home, in the car, on a plane, late at night, or _____ in the morning, you don't find managers and meetings. You find a lot of other distractions, but not ________ and meetings. So these are the things that you don't find elsewhere, but you do find at the ______. And managers are basically ______ whose job it is to interrupt people. That's ______ much what managers are for. They're for interrupting people. They don't really do the work, so they make sure everyone else is doing work, which is an interruption. We have lots of managers in the world now, and a lot of people in the _____, and a lot of _____________ by these managers. They have to check in: "Hey, how's it going? Show me what's up." This sort of thing. They keep interrupting you at the wrong time, while you're actually trying to do something they're paying you to do, they tend to interrupt you. That's kind of bad.

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Original Text

The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings. Those are the real problems in the modern office today. And this is why things don't get done at work, it's because of the M&Ms. Now what's interesting is, if you listen to all the places that people talk about doing work, like at home, in the car, on a plane, late at night, or early in the morning, you don't find managers and meetings. You find a lot of other distractions, but not managers and meetings. So these are the things that you don't find elsewhere, but you do find at the office. And managers are basically people whose job it is to interrupt people. That's pretty much what managers are for. They're for interrupting people. They don't really do the work, so they make sure everyone else is doing work, which is an interruption. We have lots of managers in the world now, and a lot of people in the world, and a lot of interruptions by these managers. They have to check in: "Hey, how's it going? Show me what's up." This sort of thing. They keep interrupting you at the wrong time, while you're actually trying to do something they're paying you to do, they tend to interrupt you. That's kind of bad.

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