We attend meetings with a goal and a schedule in mind. Most of the time we have a shared opinion of what to accomplish; when and how.
Sometimes, we look through the window, outside, waiting for that someone to finish talking. Your mind starts drifting away, and you keep telling yourself that it should be time to stand up and start walking, and just leave the room.
You keep thinking, as that someone won’t stop talking. It shouldn’t have been that hard. We should have planned. You keep telling yourself – one goal, that shared opinion of what to accomplish, when and how. The schedule, that we keep forgetting. We need to finish up by…
The one thing to avoid in meetings is anything that can distract us. Even if that someone won’t stop talking, or that we can’t find that shared goal, or we can’t seem to find anything to keep us moving forward as a team. Remove distractions, and the meeting will be productive (and creative). If we keep looking at our mobile phones, or at our computers, or iPads, or the Apple Watch, or whatever that makes our minds drift away, the meeting will never end.
If we’re there, without even a pen and a paper (to doodle). If we’re just there, without anything to do, except to move forward as a team, that’s what’ll happen.