Last week I agreed to a business lunch meeting on the other side of town.
It took thirty minutes each way and the meeting itself went about an hour. Altogether, I spent two hours chewing the fat and talking about potential business opportunities.
It pretty much ate up half a day, counting drive time.
I could have had a twenty minute phone call and covered the same material — and saved the day.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to scrutinize every meeting I agree to, how much time the meeting will take and most importantly, if I could accomplish the same thing with a phone call. If I cancel one meeting per week, I’ll add back about two days to my business month (that is an extra 10% of my time!).
Recommended: Look at your calendar for next week and find a meeting to cancel and reschedule as a phone call.