Follow these tips to remain productive during days with back-to-back meetings:
- Confirm you must attend. Sit out meetings where your attendance isn’t required. Even if it is, you likely don’t need to attend the entire time. Let meeting leaders know that you will duck out once you are no longer needed.
- Organize your to-do list. Throughout the day, you may have only five- to 10-minute increments to complete tasks. Outline everything you need to complete, along with a time estimate. Then when you have a chunk of time, work on those to-dos that you can finish during that time frame.
- Focus during meetings. When you answer your phone or send emails and texts during meetings, you force other people to wait on you while you catch up or to repeat themselves. That slows everyone down.
— Adapted from “How to Be Productive During a Day of Endless Meetings,” Gwen Moran, www.fastcompany.com.