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Do You Really Need to Schedule Your Next Meeting? Or Are You Trying to Waste Time?

April 8th, 2016

Small business owners often find themselves wasting time without even realizing it. Generally, it’s because there are too many things that need to get done and not enough people around to complete all the tasks. One of the ways that people waste time unconsciously is by setting up meetings instead of dealing with things as they occur. Believe it or not, this can be a major waste of time for everyone involved.

Are you intentionally wasting time by scheduling frequent meetings? Or are you trying to be efficient? Here’s how you can know.

Is the meeting about a topic that will require at least two decision makers to figure out?

When someone requests time with you, consider the topic and the scope of what’s involved. It could be something that you can make a quick decision on if it’s in your area of expertise or control. Or it may be something that you must seek the approval of a higher up. If the latter is the case, make the most of the meeting and invite the key decision makers to the table from the start.

Is what you are doing right now too important to interrupt?

Stop and think about what you are working on and if you can take 5 minutes out of your day to solve a minor issue without a meeting. If what you are doing now isn’t mission critical, pick up the phone and deal with it.

Do you have trouble with procrastinating on things?

You are not alone. There are many people who find themselves developing poor work habits like putting off tasks that would otherwise take seconds to perform. Procrastination can be a sign of other issues at work, such as being overwhelmed with too many responsibilities, or just not having the ability to switch gears.

Does your corporate culture encourage meetings and micro-management?

In some cases, companies get caught up in encouraging frequent meetings, almost to the point of them becoming big time wasters. Think about ways you can cut down on meetings to stop avoiding real contact with other people you work with. Instead, take a walk around your company and stop at the people’s desks you need to talk with – take care of things and avoid scheduling meetings.

About Staffing Resources

Staffing Resources, established in 1985, is a privately held Atlanta-based corporation and a certified Female Business Enterprise. We provide a wide range of full- and part-time employees to businesses, associations, government and non-profit organizations in the metro Atlanta area.

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