Don't let your meeting be what holds you back.
The other day, I got a call from daycare to come pick up my son because he had a fever. Policy doesn't allow him to come back to daycare until 24 hours after the fever breaks, so I knew I would be working with child in tow the next day.
As I looked at my calendar and started to rearrange meetings, I realized that some of the meetings I had scheduled were things I didn't need to meet about but instead needed to work on. They were hard things though, so rather than digging in and getting to work, I scheduled a meeting - a time I thought I would do the work. But in reality, I know that I am not going to actually do the work in that meeting either. I'm going to talk about doing the work then put it off again outside of the meeting.
Instead of scheduling a meeting for the hard work, what would be more productive is if everyone came to the table with some ideas and we shortened the meeting to 30 minutes instead of the hour we originally planned for. The meeting would be an opportunity to get feedback on our ideas and come to a consensus, rather than have another meeting to do that.
I think a lot of times we schedule working meetings not so we can get work done, but instead so we can put the hard stuff off. My experience is a perfect example of this.
Realizing this, I canceled my meeting, rescheduled a 30 minute meeting, and asked my teammates to bring some ideas ahead of time. Then I spent the time I saved digging in and getting to work on the hard stuff because the only way it's going to stop being hard is if I face it head on. If I stop hiding behind my meeting.