It's probably safe to say that Jeff Bezos attends a lot of meetings.
As the CEO of Amazon, founder of spaceflight company Blue Origin, and owner of The Washington Post, he employs hundreds of thousands of people (Amazon alone has almost 650,000 employees). So, yes, he has a lot of topics to discuss and a lot of team leaders to meet with.
But he has a strategy about how he holds those meetings: Typically, he schedules his very first of each day at 10 a.m. and tries hard to avoid scheduling any in the afternoon.
Now, I'm not necessarily saying you should have your most complex meetings in the morning, but I do think you can take this habit and tailor it to when you operate best.
Think about it. It's already hard enough for employees to stay engaged. In fact, a recent poll by Gallup Organization shows that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Part of this lack of engagement is not paying attention to when you're the most energized and planning your hardest work then.
I think Bezos is on to something really important here.
Perhaps the most important takeaway from this is that Bezos knows who he is and how he needs to work so he can set himself up for success. Which is why if you want to be more productive, you need to know what times of the day you do your best work and organize your day around them. Here are some simple ways you can get started doing this even if you're not the CEO of your company:
Figure out your Chronotype. Take "The Power of When"quiz by Dr. Michael Breus, PhD. Getting acquainted with your natural biological clock is key to know when you have the most energy in the day.
Start shifting the things in your work day that you have control over, such as when you check email or when you host meetings, to sync with your most energetic times of the day.
When you have to do things at your low energy times of the day, create a strategy plan that doesn't involve band-aids like coffee or sugar. Take a walk (like Steve Jobs used to do!), set aside time for a 15-minute meditation, or nap in preparation for the meeting, event or task.
Be like Jeff and take the step to get more aware of who you are and how you best operate. Before long, you may be surprised at how much more you can accomplish and how much more successful you will feel.