Are Too Many Meetings Killing Productivity?

Minutes or hours spent in unnecessary ones can translate to a loss in productivity.
Are Too Many Meetings Killing Productivity?
November 19, 2019

For employees who rely on blocks of time to get their tasks done, dicing up their calendars with unnecessary meetings can result in a loss of work. With 25 million meetings taking place in the United States every day, those minutes or hours spent in unnecessary ones can translate to a loss in productivity. And for the “makers” on your team—those tasked with creating things—the impact can be much worse.

In his 2009 essay “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule,” tech investor Paul Graham argues that makers prefer to use time in half-day units. “You can’t write or program well in units of an hour,” he says. “That’s barely enough time to get started.” With meetings sprinkled throughout the day, makers are constantly forced to start, stop, and start each project again.

“When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster,” Graham says. “A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. But in addition there’s sometimes a cascading effect. If I know the afternoon is going to be broken up, I’m slightly less likely to start something ambitious in the morning.”  -full article-


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