Running a meeting can be a nerve-wracking experience. As an introvert, I’m usually the person listening and asking the gentle questions to integrate disparate ideas. This style works well for low-stakes meetings where I just one of the attendees. When I’m running a meeting, I need to adopt a different strategy. I’ve developed a few tips for myself that help me prepare for and be comfortable with running a meeting.
As a project manager, I find it difficult to balance my time between project tasks, project management tasks, functional tasks, and supervisory tasks. Until recently, I thought a to-do list was a silver bullet for my lagging productivity. Surely if I just write down all my tasks and check them off as I complete them, I’ll start getting everything done – right?
Not so much. After trying all kinds of different applications, sticky notes, and iPhone apps, I finally realized something – my to-do list sucks. Obviously a list of things to do isn’t going to help – it’s just a list of things! A to-do list is like a siren that sings a sweet song promising productivity, but crashes your ship.