The Chokehold of Calendars is well worth a read.
In my experience, most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening. In the case of a business like ours, what clients pay us to make and do happens in the cracks between meetings, or worse, after business hours.
And I’ve often thought about this:
“I’m adding a meeting” should really be “I’m subtracting an hour from your life.”
What if meeting organizers had to ‘pay’ for the time they used from the assembled participants? And how the participants valued the meeting had a kind of multiplier effect on the cost to the organizer?
Meetingville – it’s going to be huge :-)