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If you’re like me, you’ve probably read a lot of articles on how to hack your productivity, manage your time or multitask your way to success. From trying many different approaches, I found that the majority made me busy, but not necessarily more productive. Or the ones that made me more productive, did so at the expense of some other aspect of my life. Maybe I could optimize for getting everything done at work, only to find myself demotivated because I wasn’t spending enough time with my family. Does this sound familiar?

Before I decided to prioritize and focus my time, I spent about 42 hours a week in recurring meetings. These were mostly meetings I didn’t schedule. That meant I didn’t have time to read and respond to emails during the regular work week, and there was no time to work on the deliverables I had committed to during these meetings. I found myself coming in earlier and earlier to catch up on email, and working late into the evening after my kids were in bed. …

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