1. No-meeting days are gaining popularity
If you think you spend too much time sitting in meetings, how would you feel about knowing that you had at least one day every week that was guaranteed to be meeting-free? That practice is gaining popularity and might be coming soon to your workplace! Facebook established “no meetings Wednesdays” back in 2012, and others are increasingly following suit, with more companies setting up weekly days where no meetings are permitted to be scheduled.
2. Do you really need to hold that meeting?
Speaking of ways to combat the tyranny that meetings can hold over your team’s calendar, the Harvard Business Review offers a great decision tree for figuring out if you really need to hold a meeting at all. It suggests asking yourself: Have I thought through this situation? Do I need outside input to make progress? Does moving forward require a real-time conversation? Does this necessitate a face-to-face meeting? It also suggests alternatives at each stage if the answer to any of those questions is “no.” (We’ve got some additional advice of our own on this topic here as well.)
3. A four-letter word that can transform your productivity
Could saying the word “done” help you be more productive? Brain-training company SenseLabs says that explicitly telling yourself that you’re done with a project or task creates a physiological response where the electrical activity in our brain shifts from being activated and engaged into a more relaxed state, and a neurochemical shift releases serotonin. That newly relaxed state then allows you to move on to the next tasks on your list, building your confidence – and the more often you complete a task, the more this effect increases. What that means for you: The more opportunities you can create to (legitimately) say “done,” the better. Breaking tasks into smaller chunks and working in shorter segments can help give you more opportunities to feel the satisfaction of completing work, and in turn sets you up to be more productive.