The Daily Grind

How Many Meetings is Too Many?

No matter what your job is, you probably spend more time than you’d like in meetings. We held a poll before the pandemic, when most work was still in-person, and 36% of respondents had one to three meetings a week, while 28% had four to six meetings weekly. Twelve percent attended more than 10 meetings. And out of those polled, 52% said a majority of those meetings could have been accomplished by email.

The pandemic changed the way we work, which led to an even further increase to the amount of time we spend in meetings. As reported by TechRadar, Reclaim.ai, an intelligent productivity and time blocking app for Google Calendar, sampled data and held a poll, ultimately finding that workers now spend around 25% more time in meetings than they did before the pandemic.

If you’re suffering from meeting burnout, it might be worth discussing with your boss. Here are a few ways to cut down on the time you spend in meetings.

  1. Analyze Your Meeting Data

Before you talk to your boss about getting rid of the of the more extraneous meetings, you’ll need to discover what those meetings are. The best way to do that is to make a list of all the meetings you take part in and analyze the data. Which meetings absolutely need to take place? Which ones are important for others, but not necessary for you to attend? Could some be cut in time or be better solved by an email or message? Once you’ve found the answers to those questions you’ll be better positioned to talk to your boss about the subject.

  1. Optimize Meeting Time

Now that you’ve discovered which meetings are absolutely vital, how can you make sure your time in those meetings is well spent? By being prepared and having an agenda set ahead of time. This is easy to control if you’re the one in charge of the meeting. You can plan out the meeting and send everyone agenda prior to meeting. But if you’re not the one in charge, you can only suggest to the meeting organizer that agendas go out prior to meeting. A little bit of organization can go a long way.

  1. Ask for Breaks

Finally, even if we’re using technology more and more to hold meetings, that doesn’t mean we’re robots. It’s easy to schedule meetings back to back when you can switch meetings with the click of a button, but you still need mental breaks to refresh and change subjects. Ask your boss for at least 30 minutes in between meetings.

Meetings can be tough, especially when they’re remote. But if you focus on having fewer, but more impactful meetings, you can really supercharge your work productivity.

Do you like remote meetings? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below!

It’s Not So Spooky: Writing a Professional Email

BOO! Did we scare you? Ghosts and goblins abound this time of the year, but there’s one monster that crawls out from under the bed all year long: the dreaded professional email. Whether you’re writing a thank you email to a recruiter, contacting a customer or client, or just following up with a co-worker to check on deadlines, it’s important to keep things professional. Here are our tips on how to do so without frightening your recipient. (more…)

Are You Unsatisfied with Your Job?

Maybe your job isn’t perfect, but it’s not terrible either. People ask you if you like what you do for a living and if you like your job, and you respond with a “Yeah, I enjoy it!” but your heart might not be in it. It’s an okay job, but not something you love. Is it ok to feel this way?

These are totally normal feelings to have. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, although 49% of those surveyed report being very satisfied with their jobs, 30% see the work they do as “just a job to get them by.”

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to start to like your job, or at the very least, feel more satisfied with it. Here are our top tips on changing your perspective. (more…)

The Benefits of Remote Work

According to research from the Pew Research Center, the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way we work. Before the pandemic, only one-in-five employees reported working from home all or a majority of the time. As of October 2020, that number had jumped to 71%. Of that number, over 50% say they desire to continue working remotely even after the pandemic.

Although employers traditionally worried that remote work would result in reduced productivity, those surveyed report that is not the case.. Eighty-seven percent said it was very or somewhat easy to have the technology and equipment they needed to do their job, while 80% were meeting deadlines and completing projects on time.

This is only the tip of the iceberg for the benefits of remote work. (more…)

Video Chat Fatigue

Tired of staring at screens during your meetings? You’re not alone.

You finally log off your last Zoom meeting of the day and realize that you’re somehow more tired than when you had to commute to and from the workplace. What’s going on?

If this sounds familiar, it might be due to something called “Zoom fatigue.” As noted by the Harvard Business Review, Google trends has shown Google searches for this phrase has been steadily increasing since early March.

Zoom fatigue is pretty much what it sounds like—people feeling an increased sense of weariness because of all the video calls. The Harvard Business Review goes on to note a few reasons that make video calls so tiring. Here’s our take:

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