6 Rules for Insane Productivity

Avoid large meetings

Large meetings waste valuable time and energy.

  • They discourage debate
  • People are more guarded than open
  • There’s not enough time for everyone to contribute

Don’t schedule large meetings unless you’re certain they provide value to everyone.

Leave a meeting if you’re not contributing

If a meeting doesn’t require your:

  • Input
  • Value
  • Decisions

Your presence is useless. It’s not rude to leave a meeting. But it’s rude to waste people’s time.

Forget the chain of command

Communicate with colleagues directly. Not through supervisors or managers. Fast communicators make fast decisions. Fast decisions = competitive advantage.

Be clear, not clever

Avoid nonsense words and technical jargon. It slows down communication. Choose words that are:

  • Concise
  • To the point
  • Easy to understand

Don’t sound smart. Be efficient.

Ditch frequent meetings

There’s no better way to waste everyone’s time. Use meetings to:

  • Collaborate
  • Attack issues head-on
  • Solve urgent problems

But once you resolve the issue, frequent meetings are no longer necessary. You can resolve most issues without a meeting. Instead of meetings:

  • Send a text
  • Send an email
  • Communicate on a discord or slack channel

Don’t interrupt your team’s workflow if it’s unnecessary.

Use common sense

If a company rule doesn’t:

  • Make sense
  • Contribute to progress
  • Apply to your specific situation

Avoid following the rule with your eyes closed. Don’t follow rules. Follow principles.

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