Morning Meetings Only

An interesting way to optimise your peak periods of energy by ensuring that your work period doesn’t get interrupted with unscheduled or not urgent meetings.

David Cummings on Startups

One of the new experiments I’m trying out is only scheduling meetings in the morning. Using Calendly, I have several different types of meetings configured, depending on the context with most meetings 20-30 minutes to keep them effective. Only, I found that standard rhythm-oriented meetings (like daily check-ins) were often followed by other catch up meetings. Then, afternoons would often be filled meeting with people outside the company and ultimately killing any long blocks of time desired for extended focus.

Here are a few thoughts on morning meetings only:

  • Jumping between doing actual work and meeting about things can be challenging, especially if there’s work that requires deeper thought
  • Grouping some or all meetings into a specific time of day is a good way to maximize personal peak energy times (e.g. if you do your best writing before 10am, you’d want to keep that time of day free of meetings)

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BestTechie Founder Creates KYA Analytics To Provide A Better Understanding Of Your Audience

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The K-Y-A in KYA Anlytics stands for “Know Your Audience,” and founder and CEO Jeff Weisbein said that’s exactly what he’s trying to help online publishers do.

Weisbein has been in those shoes himself, having created and run the tech site BestTechie for more than a decade (though he took some time away from it to work as an analyst at Mashwork, now known as Canvs.tv). While there are many analytics products out there, he argued that they’re missing something crucial.

“They’re good at numbers, but oftentimes there’s a lack of context to those numbers,” Weisbein said. “For example, you could look at an article and see that it has 10,000 pageviews, but does that mean your audience enjoyed that piece of content, or do they click on it and leave?”

He’s hardly the only analytics maker talking about looking beyond clicks and pageviews. In Weisbein’s case, this basically means trying…

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“But You’re Catholic!”

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I’ve heard this so many times that it’s come to mean quite the opposite: “I’m pretty sure you’re not actually Catholic.”

Granted, when I was younger, it was for more benign infractions. “You’re so rude. But you’re Catholic!” and “You drink so much. But you’re Catholic!”

These days, I hear it in connection with more contentious beliefs. “You support gay rights? But you’re Catholic!” So as much to clear my own head as anything else, I thought I’d set my thoughts in order in the most public and inadvisable way possible: on the Internet.

My poor decision-making skills have nothing to do with my religion.

What It Means
“Gay” is a weird adjective to use, really, and not just because of the “gay old time” ambiguity. It’s been used to describe such a wide spectrum of things (“gay rights”, “gay lifestyle”), even in the specific context of homosexuality, that…

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