When I bring up the topic of working asynchronously to maximize flow state, I always hear “I can’t just do that. People expect me to be responsive.”
That’s where conditioning and setting boundaries come into play. Setting boundaries on the way you communicate is important and will ultimately help you do more for yourself and also to others.
You don’t have to be available every minute of the day. If you can establish the expectation that you will be available within certain time windows, people will know to expect a response within a few hours instead of a few minutes.
This is much easier to do if you start the expectation fresh with a new job or new client. If you are establishing new boundaries, it might take some work for the people you are interfacing with to adjust. You might have to ease people into it. They have existing expectations and you have to overcome that.
But if you show that you are approaching work with the goal of improving productivity and profitability, others will adjust. Any time you are changing a habit, there will be an adjustment period.
In this case, though, it will be well worth it, not just for yourself, but for the benefit of everyone around you.