Calls and meetings are so weirdly draining.
If I have more than one call or meeting in a day, I might as well have 10. Especially if the day starts with one. There’s a “talk mode” that gets activated with meetings, and it takes about 20 minutes before the meeting to get into it, and it lasts about an hour after the meeting. This means I can’t flip back into other kinds of work quickly. Talk mode is kind of manic and basically consumes the day.
Good meetings are even worse. They get so many ideas spinning off that focus becomes incredibly hard. Followups and notes after the meetings are all I can muster.
I can get into it, but I always long for the quiet days.