There's nothing more toxic to productivity than a meeting. Here's a few reasons why:
- They break your work day into small, incoherent pieces that disrupt your natural workflow
- They're usually about words and abstract concepts, not real things (like a piece of code or some interface design)
- They usually convey an abysmally small amount of information per minute
- They often contain at least one moron that inevitably gets his turn to waste everyone's time with nonsense
- They drift off-subject easier than a Chicago cab in heavy snow
- They frequently have agendas so vague nobody is really sure what they are about
- They require thorough preparation that people rarely do anyway
For those times when you absolutely must have a meeting (this should be a rare event), stick to these simple rules:
- Set a 30 minute timer. When it rings, meeting's over. Period.
- Invite as few people as possible.
- Never have a meeting without a clear agenda.