Decision-making: Meetings explicitly for decision-making, with a very small required group of recurring attendees and a new relevant audience assembled for each meeting. A writeup describing the decision (and the options under consideration) would be sent in advance.
Group information sharing: These meetings (often large) were primarily used for broadcast and coordination—and NOT decision making forums.
Tag-ups: A unique meeting format that we sometimes referred to as “group 1-1s”. Fixed attendees, meeting time slots and a “rollover” agenda.
Observe - look at who’s next to whom, who’s smiling, who’s not, who’s standing, who’s sitting, and how much space is between people. Look for microexpressions such as fleeting smiles or raised eyebrows.
Control how much you talk - Make sure you aren't yapping away. The more you talk, the less you can observe. Take frequent pauses to try to hone in on non-verbal cues.
Interpret your observations - Synthesize what you've learned and generate hypotheses about what's going on. Ask open-ended questions to help you uncover what’s really going on.
Guided: Reading a tutorial, taking a course, watching a YouTube video. Anything where you're following a guide. Unguided: Creating your own projects from scratch, extending a tutorial, looking things up in the docs. Anything where you aren't following a guide."
If you only follow guided resources, you'll wind up in tutorial hell where you only possess theoretical knowledge, but don't know how to independently problem-solve. If you only go at it unguided, you'll need to reinvent every wheel, spending days or weeks solving already-solved problems. You need to find a balance between the two.
Unlocking Hidden Hours: Doing Time Right "Time is zero-sum. Time spent on [x] takes away from time spent on [y]. Everything is a trade off in life. How you spend your time is no exception. Protect your time."
This course helps you to unlock hidden hours in your day by leveraging the "Eliminate, Automate, Delegate" framework.
As with everything that Steph Smith creates, it's high-signal and incredibly actionable - it helps you focus on things you can do immediately, so that you can save time every week (as opposed to fluffy productivity hacks!) Plus, if you want to learn how to use automations / tools like Zapier to save time, or delegate tasks to Virtual Assistants, this is a good place to start.
As I dive in further I'm excited to eliminate the low-leverage tasks in my life and focus on things that truly matter. Check it out yourself. (aff link, but you know I love it and Steph's Doing Content Right)
Resources & Tools
Neeva - Ad-free, private search. Block all those trackers.
Ginger - An AI-powered writing assistant that helps you correct your texts, improve your style and boost your creativity. For more free writing tools, click here.
Bookcision - A free tool to download your Kindle book highlights, so you can store them elsewhere or add them to your book notes.