Stress Relief Tool – Minimize Unproductive Meetings

The more control you have of your time, the less anxious and stressed you will feel.

Work-related meetings have increased in length and frequency over the past 50 years, to the point where executives spend an average of nearly 23 hours a week in them. And that doesn’t even include all the impromptu gatherings that don’t make it onto the schedule. Middle managers are also being burdened by unproductive meetings, keeping them from completing their own work while sacrificing deep thinking.1

Since time is a commodity we cannot get back, each hour we waste in an unproductive meeting means an hour lost to more productive work, and your stress level will increase as you inch closer to a project deadline. The more control you have of your time, the less anxious and stressed you will feel.

A great way to help gain back some time in your schedule is to ask the organizer what role you have in the meeting, and truly determine if you need to participate. Sometimes you will get a response that they were just including you for your feedback, and you can easily decline to attend by asking them to send you what they need feedback on. Be especially wary of meetings without an agenda: that’s a clear indicator that the organizer hasn’t given the meeting much thought and you will likely suffer because of it.

Also be mindful of how many people are invited to the meeting. The more attendees in the meeting, the less productive they tend to be.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Perlow, L. – Stop the Meeting Madness

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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