It's time to schedule big committee business, and since I'm chairing one, I get to try to set up meeting times.
I started with a master schedule that one of our admin assistants did, Xing out all the times the five committee members are teaching. Then there's the university committee one of us is on, that has to be Xed out, too.
Amazingly, we all had MWFs midday open. So I suggested Wednesday, or Monday, or Friday times.
And the responses trickled in: no, I don't like Mondays. Can't do Friday. Wednesday's out.
So I tried the 8am times. The trick is, none of us teaches at 8am, and that likely means that none of us wants to be in a meeting at 8am. So I also suggested that maybe the Monday midday would work after all.
First response: 8am is bad because of getting kids off to school.
Then the Monday dislike agreed that midday Monday was better than 8am. Voila, schedule figured out!
One of the people who couldn't do one of the times is someone who will likely set the committee time for another committee I'm on. I bet zie will set the time based off an Xing out schedule, and just insist that we do it. (I need to not be petty or passive aggressive about that.)