I love the pancakes at the Royalton. They whip the eggs into the batter. Its fluffy and delicious. And the bacon is thick and the bacon juices spill into your mouth as you bite into it. Life was good. Jerry Levin might very well have been at the table next to us buying AOL right in front of our eyes. Thats how good life was then.
It occurred to me this week that I have been wasting (at least) 25% of my work time. I was shocked to discover that I’m such an unproductive person, but then I understood that I’m not alone. After watching a brilliant TED talk (by Jason Fried) it hit me as hard as the sun in the Muhabi desert: it’s all those damn meetings!
So why are meetings the poison of productivity?
Well, I’ll just try to recap what Jason Fried (co-founder of 37Signlas) suggested, along with some other conventional wisdoms (courtesy of Ofer Wald).
First, it seems that 90% of all meetings can be summarized in 10 min. Second, you can easily drift off course in a meeting and find everybody discussing non-relevant subjects for 30 minutes at a time. Finally, meeting only lead to more meetings… it’s a never ending cycle.
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”
So summarizing 2011 is a daunting challenge,There were many uplifts and many
downsides. 2011 was the year where I learnt lot of lessons. Some lesson are very
costly but accompanies with wisdom and pracitical takeouts.
If you don’t want to end up like spoon-fed by the pencil factory anymore and belong to the “eat what you kill” world, Then you should define yourself from day one.
Getting self definition whether you’re working on product A or working on product B or either proving service C, is something which is inherently vital.