The clocks went back, we’ve just had a long Easter weekend, spring is here – doesn’t time fly by? Ever wonder what we do with our time? A recent survey found that the average employee in the UK spends 10 hours a week preparing for and attending meetings, yet half of those meetings they think are un-necessary. Another source found that the average office worker spends about 16 hours every week in meetings. When do they get to do any work?
We value our face-to-face meetings with our clients, which is a key part of our business. We’re always seeking smarter ways of doing business, and this article suggests strategies for making sure business meetings don’t take over the working day. The idea of having a time-keeper is a good one. The key message to take away from this: meetings are a means of doing a job, not the job itself.
Managing time is what this is really all about. There are so many different methods available – just Google ‘time management’ and you could easily waste a couple of hours going through the results (to save your time, here’s a list of 10 easy to implement tips). The quadrant system is neat: make 4 boxes and decide which tasks are urgent or important. Avoid tasks in the not urgent and not important box – but it’s those in the not urgent but are important box that tend to get lost.
In the end, it comes back to the work-life balance. Harvard Business School research discovered 94% of working professionals say they work more than 50 hours a week, with nearly half saying they work over 65 hours. Many people running their own business know exactly what this feels like. If you’ve got any good tips on how to achieve that elusive balance, do tell us!