Meetings are the hardest for working parents. They are time-consuming and at set times, which might not work with your family’s needs. Yet, most of the parents I work with spend over 50% of their time in them.
My biggest tip right now is to break out of your 30-minute (or worse yet, 60-minute) meeting habit and find the right medium. Look at your meetings today:
Can any be turned into an email?
Could you collaborate on a doc before (or instead of) a meeting? (Note: this also gets better ideas and work out of people)
Can you just have a quick 5-minute phone call vs. using the whole time? (I love the ‘trick’ of calling 10 minutes before another meeting and saying, ‘I only have 10.’)
Can you skip any and get notes? (Note: if they don’t send notes, ask.)
Try to clear at least 30-minutes today (and every day).