A small, paradoxical step to improve productivity: leave time between meetings

For those of you who face too much work and too little time, it sounds contradictory but give yourself ten or fifteen minutes between meetings. This tip from the ABA Law Practice Management Section e-letter set me to thinking. Many benefits can follow from the built-in margin.

You feel less stress so you are more productive; it nudges you to be choosier about which meetings you attend, since there is not as much time available. Additionally, can flex and go longer instead of bolting midway from the arbitrary, traditional one-hour time slot. Also, like a psychiatrist’s 50-minute hour you can use the stub of time to take notes and perhaps even think and prepare for the next one meeting (See my post of April 22, 2007: meetings with 9 references.). All good, but will others conform?

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