Here at Worklejerk, one of the central themes is wasted work time equals wasted life time. As JSG has touched on, a good chunk of people spend a huge percentage of their time “working” (or Option C as it’s known around these parts). While Option C is extremely frustrating, at least one can maintain an image of productivity while reading online/writing blog posts/making silly comics/etc. One place that gets quite a bit harder: meetings.
Do me a quick favor: try to ballpark how many meetings you’ve averaged per week the last couple weeks. Multiply that number by a standard meeting length (say 1-2 hours). That’s how much of your life is gone, with little or nothing to show for it, EVERY WEEK.
What do meetings accomplish? Does one come away from them inspired, ready to pound their respective pavement with a renewed sense of conviction? Or have they gleaned helpful nuggets of information that could not be conveyed other than in person among a group of their peers?
95% of the time I miss a meeting, I email my boss asking if I missed anything. His usual response: “No not, really” or at best: “Yea, there was this one thing, I’ll email you the info.” Almost every meeting I’ve ever been a part of the contents could have easily been covered with a quick email. Even if it was important to discuss a topic or two, those portions of the meeting usually took up a tenth of the meeting. (Remind you of anything?)
Point is, meetings are quite possibly the biggest waste of time in a world of wasted time.
Crap! Gotta go, it’s almost my turn to talk about my made up forecast!