The Hidden Time SUCK!
Meetings take an enormous amount of time, yet for the large majority of people, the outcomes are not effective and are nothing more than time-wasting sessions.
To make that your meetings, be it formal or informal, consider the following point before you ever schedule one.
Calculate the cost. Only you know your hourly rate, so if you are called to a meeting or call one yourself, just know that a proportion of your salary is being used up for that time spent.
For example, if you earn 50 dollars an hour and you're meeting goes on for two hours then that's a 100 dollars investment on your end.
For this reason, look upon each meeting like a business investment and ask yourself is there a high probability that you will get a return on your investments.
If you can't look yourself in the mirror and honestly say that this meeting will be worth it, then think again.
Always be closing. If there is an opportunity to close on an item, then close it by confirming the plan of action.
For example, you might say “Great, are we in agreement that this is a high priority and needs to be done before the end of the month?”. This allows you to check off items on the agenda as you go.
Prepare a plan and stick to it. Fail to plan, prepare to fail, as the saying goes.
If you've decided that the meeting is important enough to go ahead with, prepare an agenda in advance with items you feel important to discuss.
If you feel people are rabbiting on going off track, say, “Point noted, I'm just conscious of the time, so I'm going to move onto our next item”.
Fuse in health where you can.
By nature, meetings occur in an office environment that can feel quite daunting, particularly if the big bad boardroom is used. Why not have a walk and talk meeting if you can, also known as “twerking”.
The best ideas often come about when we're on the move, and you'll burn off some calories at the same time, so it's a win-win.
Now all this is well and good, but one thing that will really help you with productivity is the right work space. We’ll talk more about that in our next post, but for now…
…stay positive and keep rocking!
Dominus Owen Markham