There are ways to get out of a meeting in time. You are in a meeting that seems to go on forever. It is well past the appointed end time and someone is still talking like they could go on all day. You have long stopped listening and instead have started worrying about how the rest of your day is going to be impacted. You are already late for your next meeting, and the rest of your day is going to be thrown off schedule.
- If you schedule a meeting for an hour, chances are, it will last an hour. This is true even if the topic is only 15 minutes.
- Just like tasks, meetings will expand to fill the time they are provided.
- The secret to keeping your meetings under control is to manage their time. Schedule them only for the time required, and then be disciplined about their execution. Otherwise, they will quickly overrun your entire day.
“One of the biggest time management mistakes when it comes to meetings is to let them overrun their scheduled time. We have all been in the meeting that starts 15 minutes behind schedule, only to be restarted at the 30 minute point when someone shows up late.”
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