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Taking Back Your Time: Meeting Management for 2013

Originally posted: February 6, 2013 on TrishMcFarlane.com

clockI had an interesting conversation with someone recently about the length of meetings.  As you know Outlook and many other electronic calendar options only allow you to schedule meetings in thirty minute increments.   I can’t tell you how often I’ve been in a meeting that is really done in 23 minutes or 49 minutes that the organizer feels the need to stretch the entire length of the time they booked on everyone’s’ calendars.

At my last job, I was so annoyed by this that I even suggested that we truly end a meeting when the agenda items have been met.  No one could really agree to break the pattern of being held to our calendar though.


So here I am, three years later still having conversations with people from time to time about this pet peeve of mine.  I bet that if you add up all the “extra” time you’d get back if meetings really ended when the objective had been met, you’d get a couple extra hours back each week.

I say we start a movement.  Take YOUR time back.  When a meeting is over, get up and walk out.  Let the rest of the group chatter on about things not on the agenda.  You’ll find me back to work getting more done.

How about you?

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