You want to see the real answer to what you value? Look at your calendar, because how you spend your time is the truest representation of what you care about. I’m going to caveat this entire post with the acknowledgment that almost no one has true ownership of all their time and that the vast majority of people are not in positions to exert agency over their work hours. Many professions ask that you are a schedule taker, not a schedule maker. Sometimes this is merely a result of their working arrangements or nature of their lives and commitments. Other times it’s the unkind practices of their employers, in particular the trend towards “flexible shifts,” where large retailers and hospitality companies treat their workers as widgets. But for those of us who have at least partial influence over how you schedule your time, I want to make a plea: delete all your meetings and start over Jan 1.

Remember, the true cost of a meeting is often obscured. A 30 minute meeting for 12 people is SIX HOURS of work removed from your company’s productivity!

Block off working, thinking and self-care time: Some of us (me!) need to see time held back in their calendar for specific type of work or activity. Put this time *in* your calendar versus assuming it will just occur organically in the nooks and crannies alongside scheduled meetings.

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Notes and More

Wow, 2020 has been a year for sure. I’m sending you all hugs of appreciation just for keeping it together over the last 12 months. And if you’ve been able to go beyond that and be someone else’s rock? Make sure you exhale and take care of yourself too.

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You’ll find me @homebrew , Seed Stage Venture Fund w @satyap . Previously made products at YouTube, Google & SecondLife. Married to @cbarlerin .