You’re not imagining it, you do spend half your time in meetings. 21.5 hours per week to be exact, which is a shocking 48% increase compared to before the pandemic. In fact, a recent survey from Reclaim.ai shows that overall meetings are up 70% since 2020, which has left many workers struggling with time management.
After all, how can you achieve the actual work needed to progress your job, when you’re spending the majority of your time tackling mundane tasks and attending meetings?
So how can you better manage your time and avoid useless meetings? If you work for a meeting-friendly company or boss, which it appears the majority of us do, suggest the introduction of some of the tools below to help your team become more efficient and meetings to become more productive.
On days where you know you’re going to lose 20 minutes here and 30 minutes there between meetings – realistically you’re not going to get anything started or completed in this time – use Clockwise to cut out that dead time. Clockwise is a tool which enables teams to block-book meetings, meaning you stack attendance back-to-back. Not only does this “calendar tetris” approach cut out on wasted time between meetings, it also ensures you bring the same energy to each meeting as they’re scheduled together, leaving separate time for deeper work.