I am supposed to be at an all day productivity training session today at work. But I have some other urgent stuff so I left. Funnily enough I talked to a few people at one of the breaks and they had similar feelings. The idea is fine, but there is no way we need to spend an entire day on this stuff. 1-2 hours tops.
It is a pity when our time is getting tied up (and there were over 30 people in the room this morning) in this way.
The best advice I have heard on meetings and productivity recently is from Elon Musk. He famously has said:
“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value.”
“It is not rude to leave. It is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”
It takes a bit of bravery to do it. But you feel better afterwards, and you end up getting more real work done.