Waste Less Of Your Time In Meetings With The 10-30-50-90 Method

Waste Less Of Your Time In Meetings With The 10-30-50-90 Method

If you’re someone that automatically schedules your meetings to be an hour long, it might time to reassess your workday. This method of timing meetings could net you more time to get other things done.

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A lot of scheduling software will default to an hour-long block of time, but not all meetings have the same goals. Different goals take different amounts of time. Because of that, Alison Davis at Inc. suggests you break your meetings down with the 10-30-50-90 rule:

  • 10 minutes for check ins and quick questions.
  • 30 minutes for status updates and one-on-ones.
  • 50 minutes for addressing multiple issues or topics.
  • 90 minutes for brainstorming and problem-solving.

This method keeps you from blocking off your valuable time for things that can be handled quickly. Even if you only decide to shorten your hour long meetings to 50 minutes, you can keep things focused and give yourself transition time if you have another meeting.

Remember, more meeting time doesn’t necessarily mean more progress. To learn more about this method, check out the link below.

Why Changing the Length of Your Next Meeting Will Make It Dramatically Better [Inc.]


  • Not sure I can see the difference between 50 and 60mins, you’ll lose the first 10 with late/small talk/bs so book the damn hour

    • 50 minutes is crazy short. 51 minutes is more like it. 52 minutes would lead to an insanely boring meeting though.

  • 10 minutes is not a meeting. Go and talk to a few people or send an email.
    The next block is 30 minutes for the quick meeting. All calendars can do 30 minute appointments.
    The next block is an hour. Even if the meeting goes less than an hour, most people will appreciate because they have an hour blocked out and they can go back to their desk and do some undisturbed work for the rest of the meeting time.
    Longer meetings as needed and the above rule still applies.
    Read more at my productivity blog – http://www.StopReadingStupidProductivityBlogsAndDoYourFuckingJob.com

  • How about just arriving on time rather than making people wait for 10min for you to turn up

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