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“I was in a long meeting discussing a project I am working on. During the meeting, I got distracted checking emails, daydreaming, and missed important information. I started working on the project and realized I had missed some critical points in the meeting and needed help figuring out what to do. – How do I approach my project manager and tell her?

First, pay attention in meetings, and this won’t happen again. However, I realize that this will not help your current situation. Be open and honest, but this is one of those situations where you don’t want to be too open about what happened. I’m not telling you to lie to your manager. Be honest and tell her that you got distracted during the meeting and need guidance. I would also highlight what you learned from this situation and what you will do in the future to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.


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To be fully transparent, I need help staying focused during meetings, especially long ones. A technique that has worked for me when I find my mind wandering is I take notes as if I am the minute taker. This forces me to pay attention and notice all critical information that may affect my job. Most people prefer to avoid meetings. Unfortunately, they are essential in most businesses. 

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