Take meetings, for example. There are two ways you could take this:
- A few of your meetings are much more valuable than all the rest, or:
- You could make each meeting much shorter without losing much value
Both of those are debatable in practice, but it’s a fun exercise in intense intervention. If you have meeting overload, try it:
- Add up all the time you spend in meetings in the average week.
- Divide that number by five.
- That’s the amount of time you’re allowed to spend in meetings for the next week. Choose your meetings wisely to fit within that allowance.
So if you have 30ish hours of meetings a week, you’re allowed 6 hours of meetings next week. What would you drop? What would you keep? What would you shorten?
Why not go ahead and do those things now?