Summary of “The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus”

Second, we rely excessively on meetings as the default form of interaction with other people at work.
As entrepreneur, investor, and Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham described in “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule,” his now famous 2009 post, “a single meeting can blow by breaking it into two pieces, each too small to do anything hard in.” Creative tasks require dedicated time when you are fresh, not a few distracted minutes squeezed in between meetings.
How many people were in your last meeting? More important, how many of them were actually involved in the creation or fulfillment of deliverables from that meeting? This question might seem like a strange way to stay focused, but countless studies, starting with this 2015 HBR research, have shown the benefits of smaller teams.
Focus and responsibility are more challenging with too many people – which is how you end up with folks staring down silently at their laptops for an entire meeting.
Limit the number of people in any meeting to eight or fewer unless it is a meeting that is purely informational.
You cannot be on top of your game if you run from meeting to meeting.
If you want to avoid wasting time and burning out, add buffer time between each meeting.
For every 45-60 minutes you spend in a meeting, make sure to take 15 minutes or more to process, reflect, and prioritize.

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