There's nothing more frustrating than a day eaten up by meetings, with no time left to complete the action points from yesterday's day of meetings. This vicious cycle kills productivity - hours spent talking about doing work, and not having any time left to actually *do* any 'real' work!

It's time to take a step back and re-evaluate who really needs to be at these meetings, what you should be discussing, and how long they should go on for. Limit your meeting timings and be strict about running over. This will force you to cover what is necessary faced with a ticking clock.

Give it a try and remember you can say no if you feel you're not a useful addition to the meeting. You'll feel more productive in no time!