Now that I am working as an Individual Contributor again I actually get to do focused work. My team has standup at 10:45, I start thinking about standup at about 10:00 or so. What did I do yesterday? I put together some notes and then go back to working for a bit. After standup I have a few minutes of work and then go to lunch around 11:30 to avoid the rush.
Contrast this with our ‘no meeting’ day. I get into the office and have an additional 90 minutes of uninterrupted work before lunch. The real difference is that I get two 4 hour blocks of uninterrupted work in a no-meeting day as opposed to one or zero on a day with meetings.