Some days, it feel in a very productive mood but something prevents me from getting stuff done. Today, it was our team meeting. We don't have that many meetings.
- Monday mornings to kick off the week; what's on everyone's plate?
- One-on-ones to get a chance to catch up with everyone individually.
- Friday mornings to close out the week; what got done? What are people doing on the weekend?
Usually, it's fine. We sync up for around an hour, we feel productive and we move on with our days. For some reason, today felt less productive than usual. A couple thoughts around why:
- Went off-topic. We dove too deep into a specific thing that half the people didn't care about. If we're doing team meetings, the content should be relevant to everyone. Otherwise, take it "offline" aka in a separate online meeting.
- Timing. The meeting for us is at 11am, which broke up the day for us. We can't really do anything about this because of where everyone is located. This is one of the compromises we have to make as a remote team.
The first one can be easily helped. Redirecting the conversation keeps everything relevant.
The second one is tougher. If your days are full of meetings, I recommend trying tog group them as much as possible. For example, I only do interviews on Thursdays. This is so I avoid going in and out of flow on other days.
If a meeting isn't helpful, cancel it. Don't be averse to change.
That is all.