I spend about half my work day alone. I’m away from others, learning and thinking and writing and deciding.
It’s work I simply cannot focus on when other people are around. I’m the leader, and people want to engage me. If I was an employee, I think I’d have a far better shot of sitting at my desk and digging in. But I’m not – so I have to create an environment for focused time in my work life. When I go to work later in the day I’m am ready to talk to people without feeling like I am being pulled from my focused time – because I have already done that for the day.
This is not advice for everyone of course. If you are the leader of a functional team, they need you. But it is advice for all of us in some form. We have to escape the noise and find space for disciplined thought.