If your calendar looks like most, it's full of interruptions and intrusions into your workday — like meetings — but devoid of blocked off time where you can get real work done. Start scheduling in productive work.
Design studio Mule shares an interesting and very readable commentary on the state of the workplace calendar that scathingly highlights how ineffective we use our calendars and how we let others abuse them.
In my experience, most people don't schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening. In the case of a business like ours, what clients pay us to make and do happens in the cracks between meetings, or worse, after business hours.
I've yet to see a résumé-and I hope I never do- that lists "attends meetings well" as a skill. Yet attending meetings ends up being a key component of many jobs. And it's stupid. [...]
Let's start with the premise that you have a 40 hour week. (If you just started crying you need a new job.) That's 40 hours of time to do your job. Now look at your calendar. If your job is to spend a very large part of those 40 hours in meetings scheduled for you by other people then you're fine. If your job is to produce things such as code, comps, analyses, flow documents, etc., then why isn't the time to do THAT on your calendar?
Start treating your work with respect and schedule it into your calendar. Stop relocating the real work you do to the wasteland between the interruptions that are forced on you.
Check out the full article at the link below for more insights into the nature of the workplace calendar.
[Mule Design Blog via A Whole Lotta Nothing]