Too often we get ourselves locked into schedules before we ask ourselves: how much time will we need to accomplish a well-thought-out objective? Do you want to create an arbitrary schedule, or get done what you came to do? Meetings, panels and retreats should take as long as needed to accomplish their objectives, and no more. However, an important corollary is that proper advance preparation enables you to accomplish your objectives quicker. In fact, without proper advance preparation you might not accomplish your objectives no matter how much time you spend.
Arbitrary time limits to meetings, panels and retreats are a cop-out. Plan and prepare better. And convince participants that the time is needed and will be well-spent.
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