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July 27, 2020
193: Too many meetings

Have you ever felt that you have so many meetings in one week that you don’t have time to get your work done? If this is the case finding focus time at work can be a struggle. In this episode of Design Life we discuss how to evaluate if you have control over your meetings and how to maximise your meetings so they are as productive as they can be.

key takeaways

Meeting culture is a long established part of business. It’s natural for people to think ‘I need to update these people, I will put some time in the calendar’. However meetings can become busy work, you can feel like you’re doing something without actually doing anything.

If you want to change the meeting culture at your company, start with your own projects. Evaluate which meetings you have control over and which ones you don’t. If you’re trying to cut down your meetings start with the ones you can control. A weekly check-in to see if the meeting needs to go ahead or if an email update might work just as well will save you time in the long run.

If you are scheduling a meeting, consider if it is the best way to deliver/discuss the topic at hand. What is the goal of this meeting? If you are using the meeting to deliver updates, they can always be emailed out.

Remote work is most successful when companies adopt an asynchronous style of working. Not every project kick off has to involve a meeting. When you first begin to work remotely you might tend to overcompensate for the time you were in the office before. Track your time and your meetings.

Meetings aren’t all bad. Social interaction is at an all time minimum right now, sometimes a well-managed meeting with clear goals, can completely change your day.

show timestamps

01.58 – Check in
06.35 – Too many meetings
12.35 – How many of your meetings can you control
20.16 – Our weekly meetings
22.40 – what happens in all these meetings

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