Meetings kill productivity and can be often be avoided with easy rules

  • Similarly to Checking emails only twice a day is an easy way to improve productivityChecking emails only twice a day is an easy way to improve productivity

    This is especially true for most office jobs, but even as an entrepreneur, reducing the number of times you are distracted by email and texts is an incredibly effective way to boost your product...
    , meetings are often unnecessary and should only occur if absolutely vital to solving a problem.
  • Tim Ferris proposes some rules that help in avoiding getting dragged into unnecessary meetings in Book - The 4 Hour Work WeekBook - The 4 Hour Work Week


    author: Timothy Ferriss
    title: The 4 Hour Work WEEK - Escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich.

    • Do not agree to meetings with no clear agenda. If there is no clear agenda, let them specify what questions need to be answered. Then answer these questions via email.
    • Use "thanks in advance" after asking for the agenda, so they are less likely to ignore it.
    • Use If…then statements to communicate what needs to be done under different circumstances, so that no meeting has to occur.
  • Starting phone calls with "I am really busy at the moment" also helps, both by keeping the call short and making a meeting less likely.