I hate meetings because I’m painfully aware of what I’m not getting done by sitting in a meeting.
Painfully aware of the mounting to-do list as a result of a meeting.
Painfully aware that it’s going to take time after a meeting to get back into the zone.
You see, lost productivity is not just the time spent in the actual meeting, it’s also the recovery time your brain needs to get back in the zone for real work.
Your brain requires 15 uninterrupted minutes to fully engage and be at full capacity to do real work (by real work I mean creative, strategic thinking).
Really think about this…How often do you get 15 minutes of uninterrupted time at work?
For me, it is absolutely impossible to be uninterrupted for more than 3 to 5 minutes if I’m sitting at my desk. We have an open office environment, which is great, but it is totally not conducive to accomplishing deep, productive work.
The solution? Find a place where you can be alone and get in your zone. I usually find an unoccupied conference room or work from home.
Don’t blame your working environment. Change your working environment.
Are you painfully aware?