Do you have 60 seconds to read this post?
The Time Check practice is so obvious it barely warrants a post. But it deserves mention because it's rarely used. And it's effective for you, your team, and your clients.
Even better, you can start using it immediately. It's this simple: At the beginning of your next meeting or call, confirm the amount of time ahead. Even if the time frame was previously determined, since a lot can happen between the meeting’s original confirmation and the actual meeting. Simply ask: How much time do you have to talk? Or, Do you still have (X) minutes? Or, if calling someone unexpectedly: Do you have (X) minutes?
A time check takes seconds to ask and answer, and sets—or resets—expectations for the minutes ahead. Most importantly, it shows your respect for everyone’s time—including your own. Give it a try. And if you have thoughts about this, positive or negative, please leave a comment (if you have time).