Smaller Bites = Bigger Gains
I have written about the dangers of multitasking before — studies at MIT concluded that the human brain is only capable of focusing on one thing at a time. Yes, you can drive a car and talk to a passenger at the same time, but when it comes to focus – really getting things done – ‘multitasking’ is a myth.
And so it comes to meetings. How often do you walk out of a one-hour meeting (or even a two-hour one) and think, ‘Gee, if not for all the distractions, we could have finished in 30 minutes.’? The strategy to adopt, according to HBR’s Peter Bregman, is compressed time. By limiting meetings, phone calls, even gym workouts, to 30 minutes, something magical happens. Everyone becomes more focussed. Nothing is allowed to distract. Everything stays on track.
Well, that’s the theory — your mileage may vary. But I’m going to give it a shot. Get more info at the ‘The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings’ at the Harvard Business Review website.