After listening to Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress) on the Knowledge Project podcast over the Christmas break I was inspired to try something he mentioned.
Matt said that at his company for every meeting a new Google Doc is created to take down notes. The Google Doc is shared to everyone in the meeting so everyone can participate.
This serves multiple purposes:
- Creates a record of the meeting people can refer to later
- Ensures alignment as any misunderstanding is right there in black and white for the appropriate person to amend.
- Reduces the anxiety around missing meetings – anyone not in attendance of the meeting can review the notes to see what was discussed.
In the new year I started creating a new Google Doc for each meeting. This was however a manual process and on days filled with meetings took a fair amount of time. So, I created a Google Apps Script to create a doc for every meeting during the day.
Here’s a demo of the script in action:
Assiciated Github repository: https://github.com/quincysmiith/super-rotary-phone