Back-to-back

Back to back meetings are a bad idea:

  1. Unless you or the chairperson is really good, you’re almost certain to be running late at the end of the first meeting.
  2. You need time – at least half an hour – to slow down, wrap up your thoughts from the old meeting, and get your head ready for the next one.
  3. You need time – ideally more than half an hour – to allow for the above and be ready for people who turn up early, to welcome them properly, to be the gracious host you wish you were.
  4. Travel time isn’t included in the half-hour buffer rule.

See also 30/90, Seth Godin on Slack in Systems and More on slack in Systems and resilience

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