Meetings are crucial to teamwork, but it’s all too easy to find your entire day consumed with them, with no time for the actual work assigned in those meetings. Avoid that problem by making one day a week in your calendar officially meeting-free.
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Software development company Asana uses this approach with 'No-Meetings Wednesdays', a policy it based on an idea by management thinker Paul Graham. As Asana's Dustin Moskovitz explained on Quora:
The gist is that makers suffer greatly from interrupts in their flow time. Managers are generally used to having a schedule-driven day, so it’s easy for them to throw a disruption into somebody else’s calendar. Makers also do this to each other. And unlike many companies, at Asana we generally want our managers to be makers some of the time as well, so they need a structure that ensures they get some flow time too.
While there might be odd exceptions (such as job interview candidates), keeping a day meeting-free as often as possible can definitely pay dividends.