What is wasting your time?
When it comes right down to it, we’ve all heard that time is the most precious commodity and we can’t make any more of it, right? However, how well do you protect your time?
Most people we meet have more than a couple of things on their calendars that they have absolutely no idea why they are even meeting, have little, if any, clarity of what could be accomplished, and have no specific stop time…just the calendar defaults.
What’s worse, the people that you are meeting with may have a completely opposite idea of what is going to happen. Let’s take a holiday party with family for example. You show up expecting basically the same thing as you’ve attended to previous 15 years, but this time they chose to go non-traditional and instead of the regular 2 1/2 – 3 hours, it’s now a sleepover. How comfortable are you? Not very…and yet we allow it to happen in most every meeting.
Let’s take another example, the employee “chat.” We’ve either been on the giving or receiving end of this poor setup for a meeting…”Hey, before you leave today can you step into my office for a chat?” Depending on the tonality and body language it could be pretty uncomfortable. It could be about a new promotion, the company changing directions, or getting fired. How do you feel about going into that meeting if you’re the employee? What about if you’re the boss? Could a little clarity help both to be way more comfortable?
What I’m suggesting is that there is a better way to both protect our time and make everyone a lot more comfortable at the same time. Here at BOLD Institute we teach using a Mutually Agreed Agenda and Outcome format for most meetings. It is mutually agreed because all parties have a mutual understanding of why we are meeting and agree to both agendas…the one asking for the meeting and the one being asked. From there, we agree to possible outcomes from the meeting. Simple right? Give it a go this week…start clarifying your meetings a little more and you might just be amazed by how much time you save both yourself and the person you are meeting with. If nothing else, start adding start and stop times and asking them what they are hoping to accomplish in the scheduled amount of time.
We think you’ll be a little amazed!