Meetings are a fact of our modern work lives, but they’re not winning any popularity contests. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith summed up the general sentiment when he said, “Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” And there may be more than a grain of truth there—surveys report that up to 50% of the time we spend in meetings is a waste of time. And it’s costing American businesses an estimated $37 billion a year.
When you have a ton of work on your plate, multitasking seems like the obvious answer. It’s natural to want to ensure every detail is perfect—no matter how many projects you have to oversee. One thing you can’t control, though, is the number of hours in your day. So, what do you do when your default mode is DIY, not delegation? Simple: shift your focus from figuring out how you can do more, to how you can do less. Here’s how you can cross off the to-dos you don’t want to do, starting with these five time wasters.
If you’re like most teams in the working world, you probably find yourself working on the same things over and over. Maybe you’re always holding the same type of meeting, organizing similar projects, or frequently sending along the same information. That’s why we designed Dropbox Paper with just these sort of things in mind. Here’s how Paper is tailor-made for five common workplace tasks.
We’ve long used sports metaphors to describe business situations: “they dropped the ball,” “we hit it out of the park,” or a project launch is “down to the wire.” But, unlike sports, where every other team has to lose in order for one to win, the modern business environment is more about innovating and creating better value for customers than it is about crushing the competition. But the world of sports still has a lot to teach us about how to approach the work itself.
These days we’ve got all kinds of flexibility. Laptops, mobile devices, and cloud-based services make it easy to work how—and where—we want. But a recent Gallup poll reveals that, while the number of people working remotely is going up, less than half of those surveyed said they worked off-site at least some of the time. So why are so many of us still working at a traditional desk, in a more-or-less traditional office? Sure, there are a few compelling reasons worth considering—face time with your boss, in-person access to your colleagues, or getting a slice of that carrot cake over in accounting.
If your work gets stalled in “hurry up and wait” mode, that ebb in your workflow can be especially frustrating when you have deadlines looming. The good news is, you don’t have to sit idle while you wait for files. Dropbox can help you collect them. Here are three examples of how our file requests feature lets you cast your net and reel in what you need to proceed.