I recently read an article if Forbes magazine revolving around meetings. For those of you who know me well, I often jest that my tombstone will read, “Why are you looking here? I’m at a F^@&ing meeting!!!” According to the article, in a survey conducted by among 38,000 workers in 200 countries, people spend an average of 5.6 hours each week in meetings and 69% of survey participants considered meetings as “not productive.” Sound painfully familiar?
The article goes on to explore various options to meetings, and even links to another article which outlines ways to hold successful meetings. What caught my eye however are companies who have declared a meeting FREE day. That’s right, one day a week where it is FORBIDDEN to hold a meeting, which is defined as a reoccurring gathering of 3 or more people. It becomes the one day a week when people can work wherever they want without having to worry about being accessible to others.
Think about it…would you rather have more or less meetings in your life? What would happen if tomorrow you declared, “From this day forward, Wednesday will be known throughout the land as WORKDAY void of any interruptions of productivity due to MEETINGS!”? Sounds liberating doesn’t it? What’s stopping you? Control the things you can….Workday Wednesday…sounds revolutionary don’t you think???
Be good to yourself…