How many meetings are on your calendar today?
Take a moment, and count them.
Now, add up how much of your day will be spent in a conference room or on a call.
Better yet, how much of your day is left to get work done?
Did You Get Anything Done Today?
The other day after work, I picked up my 10-year old son from summer day camp. In the car on the way home, the following conversation happened…
“Dad, what did you do at work today?”
“I was in meetings all day.”
“Oh, so you didn’t do any real work, then?”
He then followed up with…
“Meetings are where you talk about work, but don’t do any.” (Tweet this Quote)
Get Out of the Meeting
How much of your day will be spent “in meeting” today?
Will you be getting any work done? Or instead, endlessly talking about the same issues, gossip, and non-worthy topics?
Here are some tips to help you “Stop Meeting and Start Working:”
- Block your time – Defend your calendar by blocking your time. Reserve time for yourself and your work. Make appointments for your tough tasks and project work.
- Right to Decline – Give yourself and your employees the right to decline meetings that they do not need to attend. This is a powerful concept that will quickly identify those meetings that are not worth the time.
- No Meeting Friday – Select one day a week that is “meeting free.” Friday is a good day for this. Spend it doing creative work and getting work done while others are wrapping up their week.
- Cut Your Meetings in Half – Keep those meetings short. Most meetings don’t need the time allotted to them. Try cutting your meeting times in half.
- Hold Better Meetings – Not all meetings are bad. Bad meetings are bad. Hold better meetings by having established meeting rules and using tools such as Less Meeting.
Stop Meeting and Start Working
Talking about work doesn’t get it done.
Doing the work… does.
So, get out of those meetings and get busy doing.
Question: Do you spend all day in meetings? Or do you actually get work done?