One of our most popular productivity tips is to stand during meetings, and for good reason — sitting makes everyone comfortable and complacent, while standing forces people to stay on task. This video from In59Seconds explains why it works so well, and how you don’t have to sacrifice good decision-making for speed.
In short, researchers took two groups of people, and presented them with the same challenge: pretend you and your team have crash-landed on the moon and most of your equipment has been broken or destroyed. Now you have to choose which of the remaining equipment is most important to your survival. The groups were timed, and the only difference between the two is that one team was allowed to sit, while the other stood. Both groups came up with the same number of correct answers — but the standing team got to the point faster.
It’s just one example, but the bottom line is that when you need to make an important decision, and you have to do it by committee, in a hurry, a standing meeting will get you where you need to go more quickly than if everyone pulls up a chair. Press play to watch the video above (it’s only a minute long) or hit the link below to check out the video at YouTube.
How to Instantly Improve Your Meetings [In59Seconds (YouTube)]