How can you get any work done when you’re in meetings all day? You can’t. But instead of griping, be more discerning about which meetings you go to. Before saying yes to invitation, ask yourself, “If I was sick on the day of this meeting, would it need to be rescheduled?” If you answer “no,” then decline the meeting and try one of these less time-intensive alternatives:
- Get an agenda. Ask to look at the agenda ahead of time so you can pass on your comments to the meeting organizer to share on your behalf. (Bonus: This may force him to actually make an agenda!)
- Delegate. Send someone else from your group to communicate your team’s perspective.
- Ask for notes. If someone is going to share important information but you’ll just be listening, request a copy of the meeting notes after the fact.
Source: Management Tip of the Day, Harvard Business Review