How can you tell when your meeting has gone on too long? 

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake devised a little litmus test that involves a 16-ounce glass of water. 

"We ended up having a lot of meetings, and I was getting very frustrated by this. And they didn't seem very effective or very efficient," Fake says, describing the meetings at one of her first companies. So she implemented a new rule at group meetings. 

"At the very beginning of the meeting we all had these 16-ounce pint glasses of water, and everyone would drink it before the meeting would begin. I think a 32-ounce Slurpee would do the job even better," she says. 

Then they'd run through the agenda--until... nature called. 

"The meeting would end when the first person had to go to the bathroom," Fake explains. "It was super effective."

Though this is one of Fake's most useful time-saving techniques, she maintains that the best way to make use of your time involves not keeping track of it. Think back to when you were a kid, she suggests. 

"Time was not so precious to us then. We weren't trying to stuff an accomplishment into every minute of every day. We had time for thoughts and feelings, " Fake says. "And that was probably the most creative period of our life." 

To hear more of Fake's time management techniques, check out the video below. 

Published on: Nov 10, 2014