The 30 Minute Meeting Movement

Over the past 3 weeks, I've begun to become accustomed to double and triple bookings in my calendar. Sure, I just juggled or declined a few, but most are reasonable meetings. Yesterday was a milestone - quadrouple over booking.

Did you hear the sound of my head hitting the floor?

Now I acept every meeting (within valuable reason), and send back the acceptance of either: "I am available for the first 30 minutes" or "I am available for the last 30 minutes" of your meeting.  Please send me an agenda so that I can be prepared and make the most of the time available.

My boss got 30 minutes on Monday.
He will get another 30 minutes on Wednesday.

It feels good. In the past week, there was only 1 meeting that I attended for longer than 30 minutes, and it was on-line, collaboratively building a customer presentation with 2 other people.  It was the best use of 90 minutes ever.

I should be able to maintain the 30 minute meeting movement. I'm not really looking forward to having to shorten it to the 20 minute meeting movement.

What do YOU do when you are double booked? Do you want to embrace the 30 Minute Meeting Movement?