Self-meetings: Avoiding distractions in the workplace
[…] I’ve adopted a simple technique that works very well: When I know that I need time to work on an important programming task, I just go to my calendar and reserve this time for myself, marking it as “busy”. In other words, I create a “meeting” in which I’m the only participant, a meeting with myself. If I know I will need to work for several days on a task, I may just reserve all the mornings in a week. For example, I may create self-meetings, every day, from 8:00 to 12:00.
Thus, when someone tries to invite me for a meeting, he will see that I’m busy, and then he will need to look for an alternative time in which I’m free. Better yet, he may decide that I’m not really needed in this meeting. […]