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Meeting Doomsday Challenge



Reduce Meetings
Enhance Productivity
Encourage Alternate Communication


30 Days


Strategic Adjustment

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Are you swamped with back-to-back meetings? Looking for a way to transform and streamline your organization's approach to collaboration? The Meeting Doomsday Challenge is here to invoke change.

This initiative is crafted to give you the tools and perspective needed to critically assess, evaluate, and address the necessity of each meeting on your schedule.


Meeting Doomsday is an approach aimed at reducing the number of meetings within an organization to boost productivity, efficiency, and individual work time. The concept involves setting a specific day or period where all scheduled meetings are critically evaluated, with the majority being canceled, postponed, or restructured. The goal is to challenge the status quo of meeting culture, compelling teams to reassess the necessity and effectiveness of their meetings.

How Meeting Doomsday Works:

  1. Selection of Doomsday: An organization selects a specific day or week designated as Meeting Doomsday, during which a significant overhaul of the meeting schedule is undertaken.
  2. Evaluation: Ahead of Doomsday, each meeting scheduled during this period is rigorously evaluated based on its purpose, agenda, required attendees, and expected outcomes. The criteria focus on determining whether each meeting is essential or if its objectives can be achieved through alternative, more efficient means.
  3. Cancellation and Restructuring: Non-essential meetings are either canceled or their objectives are redirected through more efficient communication channels like emails, memos, or quick stand-up meetings. Essential meetings are retained but may be restructured to be more focused and shorter.
  4. Observation: During Doomsday, the impact of having significantly fewer meetings is observed. Key metrics include productivity levels, employee satisfaction, task completion rates, and overall organizational efficiency.
  5. Assessment: After Meeting Doomsday, an assessment is conducted to evaluate the outcomes. This includes gathering feedback from employees, reviewing productivity data, and comparing the results against typical periods filled with meetings.
  6. Integration: Based on the findings, long-term strategies are developed to integrate successful aspects of Meeting Doomsday into the organization's regular operations. This might involve establishing new guidelines for scheduling meetings, ongoing monitoring of meeting necessities, and continued emphasis on alternative communication methods.

Challenge guidelines:

  1. Get Set Up: Sign into Produce8 and connect it with your daily work tools. This initial step is crucial for tracking your meeting activities and providing a comprehensive view of your interaction with meetings and overall productivity.
  2. Collect Baseline Data: As a newcomer to Produce8, let it observe and record your meeting habits over a week. This period is essential to understand your typical meeting frequency and dynamics, creating a baseline for the Meeting Doomsday challenge.
  3. Initiate the Meeting Doomsday Challenge: Designate a specific day or week as your Meeting Doomsday, during which all scheduled meetings will be rigorously evaluated for necessity. The aim is to cancel non-essential meetings, retain only crucial ones, and observe the impact on productivity and employee well-being.
  4. Maintain Consistency: Employ Produce8's Sentiment feature to document your daily experiences during the challenge. Note changes in productivity and team dynamics on days with significantly fewer meetings. Consistently track this over a 30-day period to gather comprehensive data.
  5. Mid-Period Check-In: At the two-week mark, assess your progress using Produce8. Review Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to gauge the effect of reduced meetings on your work efficiency and focus, comparing these findings to your baseline data.
  6. Continue, Iterate, or Adjust if Necessary: Following your mid-point assessment, continue with the second half of the challenge. Utilize insights gained to possibly further reduce non-essential meetings or to improve the structure and efficiency of necessary meetings.
  7. Final Check-In: At the conclusion of the 30 days, perform an in-depth review in Produce8. Analyze your KPIs to evaluate the overall impact of the Meeting Doomsday Challenge on your productivity and meeting culture. Determine if the challenge has led to a sustainable reduction in meetings and an increase in focused work time, and consider adopting successful strategies as long-term practices.

Challenges KPIs:

Challenge Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are metrics used to assess the effectiveness of a specific challenge, such as the Meeting Doomsday Challenge. These KPIs help track progress, measure success, and identify areas for improvement. You can find all these metrics in Produce8.

  1. Time in Calls: Expect a decrease in the total time spent in internal meetings.
  2. Interactions and Avg Duration in Meeting Apps: Both the frequency and duration of use in meeting apps should decline.
  3. Interactions with Alternative Apps: Usage of apps serving as meeting alternatives should increase, without introducing new issues.
Meeting Doomsday Challenge Outcome
Successfully implementing the Meeting Doomsday approach will result in fewer hours spent in internal meetings and increased productivity through alternative communication tools.

Next steps:

To elevate productivity, it's crucial to refine and adapt your meeting protocols. If the Meeting Doomsday initiative leads to noticeable improvements, consider making it a recurring event. If it doesn't fully align with your organizational needs, explore alternative challenges that might better suit your team's dynamics.

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