I spend too many hours in meetings.
There, I said it. Somehow, I feel a little better.
Seriously though, I’m having one of those days where I’m trying to figure out how I’m supposed to work on – let alone finish – the various projects that I’m trying to complete.
Of course, maybe the number of hours I spend in meetings is normal. Maybe it’s par for the course.
I have to say, even if it is par for the course, I feel that it’s entirely too many hours. For example, this week I’ve spent a total of 15 hours in meetings – 4 hours on Monday, 8 hours on Tuesday1, and 3 hours today. Over three work days2, or 21 hours3, that amounts to more than 70% of my time.
Surely this has to be too much.
And believe it or not, this week is actually light in terms of total hours spent in meetings. I know for a fact that most weeks are worse.
So, I guess the questions I have are as follows:
- Is this normal?
- How does one sit through this many meetings and still accomplish things?
- How does one sit through this many meetings and not stab themselves in the eye?
On the plus side, not all of my meetings are adventures in soul-sucking. Some of my meetings are quite productive, especially those with my students. Those meetings often leave me pumped up and wanting to do more work. I’m also often stoked because I know that some of the students will end up with their first publications (and I’ll somehow get to help out with that). But most of all, I’m thrilled because I get to work with and learn so much from the students.
I just wish sometimes that not every week required so many meetings.
1 That’s right, 8 hours. Gah.
2 Technically Wednesday was a day off, although I did spend a few hours working from home.
3 My paycheque apparently believes that I only work 35 hours a week, or 7 hours a day. Ha! Too funny.
- 7 Tips on how to conduct a productive meeting (goodmorningmarketer.wordpress.com)
- Get More Out of Your Meetings: Tips for Leading More Productive & Efficient Meetings (grasshopper.com)
- Bring On The Long Weekend (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- Working About Work (jrodthoughts.com)