Category: Productivity

5 reasons for a meeting

David Allen and his Getting Things Done movement preaches 5 reasons for a meeting – reasons which I really like – and I might even want to apply this as a visible Meeting Type in my meeting invites going forward. They are fairly common sense, but simply illuminating why we are getting together upfront, could align…
Productivity

Intelligent agents will mine our inbox for tasks to solve

Peter Yared wrote an interesting post over on TechCrunch “Email Is Now Just Another Stream”, which suggested the realistic, but still slightly provocative outcome to our current ~50 hours of pain applied to reading and answering email every month; An inbox which holds only algorithmically vetted emails using a conceptual model (mail rank) similar to how…
Productivity

~10 billion formal meetings conducted a year (US)

I read an interesting research paper on Meeting Analysis earlier this week and there was one organizational metric which caught my eye – amount of formal meetings per year. In 1988, United States Fortune 500 companies are estimated to have held between “eleven and fifteen million” formal meetings daily and between “three and four billion“…
Data, Productivity

Default Meeting Duration (23 min. for a tele-conference)

I did 1,019 meetings in 2012 (as a startup founder) and to no surprise, most of them were scheduled as 1 hour meetings. It is obviously naive to assume that every single one of my meetings required exactly 1 hour to resolve what was on the agenda. Defaulting to 1 hour seems unacceptable, even with…
Productivity

Death to email? I don't think so. Email volume up 18% in 2013

Pretty much anyone with an email account has a love/hate relationship with emails. We coordinate our weekend plans there. We get our daily deals there.  It is where we conduct business. It is where our shopping receipts are sent. Yet, we are so overwhelmed by them that “inbox zero” is an event worth celebrating. Famous venture…
Data, Productivity

~50 hours per month spent on reading and answering email

I read an interesting report by McKinsey on the Social Economy this morning, but what really caught my eye was a distribution of how interaction workers (knowledge workers) spend their time – and especially the amount of time invested in reading and writing email. The following quote stands out: “The average interaction worker spends an estimated…
Data, Productivity

~40 trillion Business Emails Sent/Received per Year

I was reading the latest Email Statistics Report from the Radicati Group this morning and even though most of the numbers are universally known, it is still completely mind blowing how many emails we send and receive. 974 million Business Emails Accounts will send and receive ~40 trillion emails in 2014. That’s a staggering amount…
Data, Productivity