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The Hamster Revolution for Meetings by Tim Burress, Mike Song, Vicki Halsey

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4WHERE DID MY LIFE GO?

I handed Iris a calculator and asked, “How much time do you spend in meetings each year?”

Iris shrugged. “I have no idea.”

“Well, let’s find out!” I said. “Look at your e-calendar for the past four weeks and figure out the average number of meetings you attended each day.”

Iris pulled out her laptop and took a moment to add up her meetings.

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“I’m averaging 3.3 meetings a day,” she said.

“Now multiply 3.3 by the average duration of your meetings. This will tell us how much time you spend in meetings each day.”

“I would say our average meeting lasts 60 minutes.” Iris typed in the numbers. “And that means I spend roughly 200 minutes per day in meetings.”

“Okay, now multiply 200 minutes times 240 business days per year.” ...

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