As of Monday, my schedule for today looked like this:

  • 8:30-9AM Daily meeting w/Dan
  • 10AM VC meeting
  • 1-1:30PM Engineering scrum

As of today, it looks like this: 

  • 8:30-9AM Daily meeting w/Dan
  • 10AM VC meeting
  • 11AM Strategy meeting
  • 12:30PM Lunch meeting
  • 1-1:30PM Engineering scrum
  • 2-2:30PM Phone call w/HR service
  • 3-5PM Meeting with/board member
  • 5-7PM UX Session

I’m at my computer and functional by 8AM, and anyone who knows me, knows I generally don’t leave the office until late… way late.

My point is not to belabor how busy I am (we all are), but to demonstrate why I’m fighting back against inbound meeting requests (as part of my #12experiments). Even when I can keep inbound stuff off my calendar, my attention is still needed in a bunch of other places and it gets scheduled quickly/on the fly.

So if you’ve asked for a meeting recently and I’ve declined, please realize it’s not you, it’s me.

[Update: Just got another meeting request from a teammate for 2-2:30pm… sigh.]

p.s. - Luckily, today I only have to leave the office for one of these meetings, but traveling is a huge time suck. Will post about the true cost of a meeting tomorrow perhaps.