7 Steps to end the frustration of wasted meetings

Have you ever looked at your diary at the start of the week and seen it crammed full of meetings? Some days all you seem to do is to rush from one meeting to the next. At the end of it you look back at the pages and pages of notes that you've written and wonder what got done.

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Chris Beaumont
Latest and Loudest

Responding to "latest and loudest" is a choice. The problem is that if you don't have a complete inventory of all of your choices about what you work  on latest and loudest becomes your default. 

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Chris Beaumont
Where did I put it?

It's a lot easier to see that one really important email if it's not competing for space with the other 3674 messages in your inbox. The one with the great new opportunity, or the request for a quote, or the confirmation you've been waiting for from the new client asking "when can we get started?"

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Chris Beaumont
Swiss Army Knife

The nature of a Swiss Army knife is that it can do lots of operations reasonably well. The variety of jobs that you can use it for is the attraction. But for most of the tasks that it can do you're going to want to use something more suitable, something that's been designed for one specific task just because it will handle it more easily and more efficiently. 

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Chris Beaumont
Time Travel

The more that you work from a reactive, latest and loudest standpoint (for some people that's their default setting) the easier it is to think that a project for a client that's due in four months time isn't something that you need to worry about at the moment. 

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Chris Beaumont
Avoiding blunders

“It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

Charlie Munger

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Chris Beaumont