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.