Uninterrupted time to think is a requirement for doing either mathematics or writing software. After an interruption it takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to go back into “think flow” or what is called “Deep Time”.
When constructing software I have spent up to 6 hours in a row without moving my body, leading to a cramp. Eventually a coffee break is needed, followed by a deep dive of perhaps 4 more hours. This is me being productive.
Sadly, today’s office environment destroys Deep Time with visual noise, auditory noise, email, messages, beeps and bops by cell phone, meetings, team interactions, and software updates. The result: Zero Brainpower. Companies think the solution is agile methodologies and micromanagement.
My response: I dont work anymore.
I would rather drive a truck.