I found an extremely interesting article today which talks about why some people love meetings and others hate them, but still go to meetings quite often.
Here is the link:
The part that I love is:
David Mazel, a research analyst, thinks people like meetings because “you can stay busy without accomplishing a thing.” He says “having gone to the meeting is the work.”
New rule for me: for every meeting that I have control over, something actionable will come out of it.
New rule #2: avoid meetings that are only to “discuss XYZ” but nothing actionable nor any decision is taken, or that we do a meeting that will just lead to another meeting.
In fewer words, I will make my best not to waste anybodies time nor mine.