Decline Meetings For Better Work-Life Balance

Decline Meetings For Better Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a good work-life balance is hard. Harvard Business Review suggests that extraneous meetings are one of the reasons many people get kicked into the 60-hour work week. You should just say no to meetings whenever you can.

The Review argues that since a lot of meetings are a waste of time, you should try to cut out as many as you can out of your day. Information is repeated, the conversation goes off topic, and meeting preparation takes you away from important tasks. So how do you get out of these meetings? Just say no to meetings that don’t matter:

Decline meetings, whenever you can. To be polite, you can explain your workload and request to see the meeting’s minutes instead.

Cutting wasteful meetings from your workday is just a portion of getting your work-life balance on target. Head over to the Harvard Business Review for a few more suggestions on ditching those extraneous tasks and making the hours at work really count.

Stop Working All Those Hours [Harvard Business Review]


  • I have a policy of declining meetings where an agenda is not attached.

    This helps me plan more easily for those meetings I need to attend and to assess the agendas prior to accepting the meeting.

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