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I attend many meetings at work everyday. Sometimes they are back to back for the entire day. It is a little frustrating as typically I am getting more and more to do at these meetings and not getting any work done because of the meetings.
As an introvert, a little down time here and there is needed, but I don’t always have it.
Most calendars, such as those in Google or other places, are usually set up in half hour increments. One thing that drives me crazy is when people feel obligated to take the full amount of what ever meeting time was scheduled. Usually my approach is to get to the purpose of the meeting and then end when you end. The other day I had an hour-long meeting, but we got right down to business and finished in 15 minutes. I was conducting interviews after and it was nice to have some extra time to get set up and also relax for a minute. As an introvert, a little down time here and there is needed, but I don’t always have it.
One thing we can do to keep meetings from running long is to cut down on unnecessary chit-chat and focus on the business at hand. This way, we take only the time we need to meet. Don’t feel required to spend extra time just because you scheduled 30 minutes, if you only needed 17.