I used a free online tool to calculate exactly how much of my life I spend in meetings, and I was pleasantly surprised
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- Meetings can bring productivity to a halt, so companies are always looking for ways to make them more productive.
- I recently used the site Meeting Stats to find out exactly how much time I spent in meetings over the past 12 months. I was pleasantly surprised.
- The site also told me how long my meetings tend to run, which days of the week have the most meetings, and how many people typically participate in them.
Meetings are often the bane of an office worker's existence: At their worst, they waste time and bring productivity to a screeching halt.I recently stumbled upon Meeting Stats, a website that sifts through your online calendar to find out exactly how much time you spend in meetings each year.
A bonus just for you: Click here to claim 30 days of access to Business Insider PRIMEFor the sake of comparison, I asked my editor to link her calendar, too. I suddenly had a newfound appreciation for the work she does:
The site also gave me stats on how many people attended my meetings and how long they lasted. Thankfully, none of my meetings ran for more than an hour:
Solving the problem of unproductive meetings has been a priority for companies of late.Productivity experts have revealed some helpful strategies for workers to make the most out of their meetings. For example, meetings with fewer people tend to be more effective than those with many attendants, according to a Harvard Business Review report.
"Give me an agenda or else I'm not going to sit there," Annette Catino, the chief executive of the QualCare Alliance Network, told The New York Times. "Because if I don't know why we're in the meeting, and you don't know why we're there, then there's no reason for a meeting."Some other efficient, albeit slightly more radical ideas include requiring all participants to stand during a meeting, having participants write down ideas instead of sharing them out loud, and minimize interrupting by requiring the speaker to be holding a designated item, like a pen or notepad.
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