There is nothing more frustrating than leaving a meeting where little was accomplished and hardly any action was taken. With so much to do and so little time to do it, wasted time is not an option. Spending more time wondering how the meeting got so off track just adds insult to injury.
I am not a strict process person; however, I feel that process has its place in the world of work – and especially so when running meetings. I think one of the goals of every meeting should be to get as much done in as little time as possible. To get the most out of every single meeting going forward, here are a few reminders:
- Create a clear and concise agenda, including how the attendees can get in and out in a reasonable amount of time.
- If the meeting is not a regular meeting, include your agenda in the invite.
- Identify clear action items/tasks and the responsibilities for them.
- Repeat and clarify each action item before the meeting adjourns.
- Do not discuss details of work in status/summary meetings.
- Minimize chit-chat and interruptions.
By establishing these practices, you will be able to cut your meeting times in half, feeling confident that you and your colleagues will be able to get more done. And, who knows? They might just thank you for it.
There never seems to be enough time to keep up with every tech gadget, headline, video, or article. All of these are vying for attention or time I do not have. In addition, “[t]here is growing evidence
that excessive time online makes us dumber, more depressed, and more prone to extreme behavior…. And yet, modern life demands that we stay plugged in, with work, entertainment, and varying degrees of social connection. All of this screen time is exhausting to our brain, which didn’t evolve in the company of gadgets, so how can we reclaim our sanity?”
Thomas Marks suggests eight ways to help us unplug. Check them out at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-mark/creative-activities-internet_b_1833797.html#slide=1433260.
I would add reading fiction, dining with friends, and meditating. In which ways do you unplug?