Meetings are killing my productivity


Based on my calendar last week I spent 24 hours in meetings. I’m sure that these meetings were set up with the best of intentions but they are killing my productivity and I bet I’m not the only one. So I’m going to do some experimenting. My goal is to cut my meeting load in half while increasing my productivity and improving the quality of the meetings I’m in.

Here are some things that I’m going to try:

  • No more long update meetings
    • Task updates should be done in basecamp and read before getting together. If there is nothing to be discussed we don’t meet, if there are problems to be solved or other collaboration is required we do.
  • A meeting should be to solve a problem or collaborate in a specific way
    • It should be narrowly focused with a short duration and goals
  • Shoot for 20 minutes
    • Make it a chat rather than a “meeting”
  • Don’t be afraid to cancel or bail
    • If there is nothing I can add to a meeting I’ll gracefully bail out. If there isn’t a problem to solve I’ll recommend cancelling.

I will report back in the coming days with my thoughts on how it’s going. Meanwhile please leave your feedback in the comments below.



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