I started complaining about back-to-back meetings six years ago, but change is slow. I came across research that proves back-to-back meetings aren’t efficient.
Intoxicated with self-importance:
I feel important when I rush.
The more I rush, the more I need to rush. Few things intoxicate me with self-importance better than rushing from one meeting to the next. After all, unimportant people don’t need to rush. But we have things upside-backwards.
Truly important people don’t rush.
Important people don’t need to prove how important they are. Rushing indicates lack of self-awareness, poor time management, inability to prioritize and delegate, lack of trust in others, poor hiring practices, and a bucket load of other indictments, not the least being cowardice.
Courage to embrace the efficiency of inefficiency:
Most of us fear not-doing.
Breaks are efficient because productivity goes down when you’re wore out. But rest is for the weak. Right? We grow comfortable feeling stressed and distressed doing nothing. The problem is lack of courage.
Find courage to accept yourself if break-taking scares you. You aren’t Superman or Wonder Woman.
Rest and efficiency:
Fatigue is not efficient.
Is it inefficient to put gas in your car? Fuel enables efficiency. Lack of fuel prolongs inefficiency. The machine is completely inefficient when the tank is empty.
Rest is fuel for humans. (Too much rest is exhausting, but healthy rest is invigorating.)
Life is easier when there’s gas in your tank. Productivity goes up. Creativity comes back.
Anyone committed to excellence takes short breaks. And if you decide to take short breaks between meetings, don’t try to squeeze work into break time.
Tip: Don’t wait till the weekend to put gas in your tank.
Here’s a simple practice you might try. How to Mentally Prepare for Your Next Meeting in only 3-Minutes
How are you refueling the machine?
Research that might be helpful: Research Proves Your Brain Needs Breaks (microsoft.com)