41SZPFin3BL._SL500_AA300_Designate a couple of hours (2 to 3) in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon as your Core Work Hours. These hours are set aside for actually working on the stories and tasks for the current iteration. These hours cannot be used for meetings. It does not mean that you cannot work collaborative with others, just that what you are working on must directly contribute to the current primary work. Meetings are not considered primary work. Do not let people take this time away from you. If they request a meeting during your core hours, suggest a different time. If they insist, let them know that they are taking time away from committed work.