Cancel an unecessary meeting

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.