Originally uploaded by Mikeius
I cannot believe how much redundant information, presented in complete disrespect for my time, has the effect of making me so productive as a writer!
When I find my brain disengaged from the boring and repetitive, I pick up my pen and write. It really is the best of both worlds.
On one hand, I look like I am taking copious notes. The speaker thinks I am so absorbed in his message, that I really want to capture his ideas in my notes! Occasional eye contact and a head nod or two will keep him happily droning on....and on.....and on (which he will do anyway)!
On the other hand, I have an opportunity to capture my thoughts on more important issues and really make productive use of what would otherwise be very wasted time. I am not advocating doing this at every meeting you attend. There are meetings that do actually require your attention. If the idea is relevant and requires your input, you really should be paying attention.
If its so bad you want to stick a pencil in your eye, it's time to shift mental gears and work on something important. Get out your notepad or planner and capture the things you have in your head. Make your thoughts concrete by distilling them to writing. Write down your tasks, your thoughts on important....stuff....and use the time to change your own path to excellence.
Maybe you'll even discover how to consider other's time by not making them come to pointless meetings when a quick e-mail will do!