How to escape the meeting hell

Find out how to avoid the infinite loop of meetings

Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by too many meetings? Since almost everyone is working remotely right now, it's easy to get caught in meeting hell. No worries, we're here to save you, so keep reading.

Use email

Most of the tasks are asynchronous, which means that you can use the email to discuss everything you’d want instead of having a meeting, and it would take probably less time.

Delegate it

It is possible that what you want to discuss could be handled by someone else, and in this case, you should probably delegate it so that you can focus on more important tasks.

Convert it into a thread

If you are using Slack, you can convert a topic that you want to discuss into a thread. It is a perfect way to discuss a specific question or topic. If someone asks a question in the slack channel, you can just create a thread and discuss everything over there. It will be easy to follow the discussion, and it will probably be much faster. 

Use your task manager

If you’re using a task manager, it most likely has the feature to comment on tasks. This is a perfect way to replace the meeting. It will keep the discussion in the same task and it will be easy for anyone to join your discussion if necessary.

Split decision power

If you’re a business owner or a team leader, then you should probably give more decision power to your employees or teammates. This will not only make them more responsible, but it will also probably improve their skills, and maybe even make them work more efficiently. In the long term, it will lead to fewer meetings.

If you absolutely need to have the meeting, then try to make them shorter by using the following tips.

Prepare the meeting agenda

If you’re going to do the meeting, prepare the agenda for it. Also, if you have any materials that need to be read before it, be sure to send them to attendees to reduce spent time during the meeting.

Get straight to the point

If you know what exactly the meeting is about, what’s the main topic, then get straight into it. 5-10 minutes is not a lot of time, but if you’re wasting 5-10 minutes in a meeting and you have 4-5 meetings a day then this will add up to a few hours weekly.

Involve only the responsible ones

Involve only the people that absolutely have to be there. There’s no need to waste anyone else's time. This will also probably make the meeting more productive.

We’re hoping that our advice will save you time, reduce your meeting numbers and improve their quality!