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    Meetings, meetings and MORE meetings

    So how many meeting do you typically have in one week (in my case one day ) and do you really get anything accomplished?? It just seems to me a lot can be accomplished over the phone or via email. Around here a meeting is called for everything AND for the hundreds of boards/commissions we have.

    So, my question(s) are: How many meetings do you have in a typical week and how many boards are you responsible for?

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    I had a three hour meeting this morning, just got out of a one hour meeting, and I am going home.... but coming back for a neighborhood meeting at 6:30.

    It all depends on what is going on, whether I have any meetings or not. When our office was short-staffed, our manager had to juggle development review (something only we drones take care of) and meetings. THAT was tough.

    But I do subscribe to the school of "If we weren't in so many meetings, we could actually get work done"
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    I just had a 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock, and am about to set out for my 5 o'clock. This is not necessarily typical, but my meetings do seem to all culminate in one or two days during the week. Very stressful.

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    I'm still relatively new to local govt, and am starting to get used to the number of meetings my job requires... I only have 6 meetings scheduled this week, but it's not unusual to have 3 or 4 per day.

    The majority are productive, but the odd one is just a waste of time.

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    I haven't been on here much lately because of the number of meetings and the work I have to do. Imagine that!

    For the last six weeks or so, I've been doing 2-3 meetings daily, with lots of prep time between them, and usually 2-3 evening or weekend meetings. This week is the first for me since mid-January with no evening meetings.

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    Three or four every day is the norm, and the count can go up to seven or eight. I was talking with my counterpart at the chamber of commerce today. He has the same problem. There is simply no time to do anything. We are always in meetings.
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    2-3 per day, plus 2-4 night meetings in the first couple of weeks of every month.
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    Luckily, my current position only involves 6-8 meetings per week, plus one night meeting a month.

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    My return to the public sector has made it cIear that productivity is not actually a goal, even in a reasonably well-managed local government.

    I don't have as many day meetings as many of you because my zoning admin. is soaking up the current planning pressures. But the number of evening meetings required to do a good job of updating a comp plan is hard to keep up with a small staff: I often have three a week and have had four. I can get to them, but I don't have time to prepare for all of them.

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    I'm in the neighborhood of 2-4 a week. each usually lasting 1-3 hours.

    The real killer for me is after these lovely meetings, I'm on counter/phone duties. So it's 15-25 phone calls per day, and 10-20 counter calls.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    I only thought this was fitting in the meetings thread....

    [VENT ON]
    Still feeling the affects of my meeting last night. Nothing like residents still harping on three-year-old density issues.
    -Oh and these guys seem to be afraid of the $250k townhome development next to them... I guess they think people living in townhomes are poor, trashy people that would love nothing better than driving fast through the streets of their neighborhood to access the main road.
    -And the single family homes, cannot be less than the 3700 square foot homes they live in.
    -Property values are big with these people, as well as the 500 house development to the west... I cannot wait until the property to the north gets started

    -Oh and I LOVE IT when they ask me questions about traffic, power, and storm drainage.... and then nudge their neighbor saying "See, he doesn't know that either...HA HA HA HA!"

    -Bunch of &*^*&&%$&)__)(*^$#%$##$#%^%%^&^&*^
    [VENT OFF]
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Usually have about ten (10) meetings a week. These include regularly-scheduled daily production update meetings that I try to attend.

    I don't mind all of these meetings if they are productive, address an issue, present solutions. Sometimes, though, meetings get high-jacked by somebody with an "agenda" that may not be the topic we want to go in to.

    When it is a meeting that I called I always have an AGENDA, and stick to it religiously. It bugs me when some people call meetings and are ill-prepared, with no AGENDA.

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