In the modern workplace, busyness has often been regarded as a symbol of status. But just because your calendar looks like Tetris
, it doesn’t mean you’re more important than anyone else.
A schedule full of back-to-back meetings and overlapping status updates doesn’t signify anything other than an inability to prioritise.
Many do, though, because they’re so overwhelmed with meetings that it’s the only way they’re able to fit everything in.
To be successful as a PM, you’ve got to have time to think. And you can’t do that in 10 minute gaps between Zoom calls.
To be strategic about your product, you need time in your schedule for deep, focused work. If you get sucked into operational admin, you’ll lose sight of how to move forwards.
If your organisation has a meeting culture, it can be difficult to change. But not impossible.
One of the biggest workplace productivity killers is pointless meetings. If you want to avoid them, follow this advice from Nir Eyal