Prefer phone calls to meetings

In-person meetings are a waste of life’s most valuable asset: time.

The math is simple: a phone call requires 5-10 minutes, whereas a meeting requires 1-2 hours. A meeting’s duration not only includes the meeting itself, but time to dress, travel, wait for the other party to arrive, wait for the meeting to end, travel home, and resume your work.

There exist rare occasions when face-to-face rendezvous are worth the cost. One such exception is meeting to assess a new acquaintance’s character and personality.