Today we left the kids with our beloved and amazing housemate to head downtown to a friend's office. With 6 full hours of kid free time, we chugged through our agenda. Our usual items include the state of the house, how each family member is doing, a conversation about finance/budget and upcoming projects.
After our first couple of offsites, Bill and I came home with huge lifestyle changes - Bill quitting his corporate job, moving to a new neighborhood. People in our household became a little nervous about the idea of these meetings. But having resolved some of the major issues with our lives, meetings are now smaller scale tactical conversations and long-term planning.
Last meeting we realized we could schedule the next event in advance, so only 3 months have passed since our last check-in (as opposed to the 9-12 months that slipped away between previous ones). Amazingly, it was easy to review our progress as we could still interpret our notes. Also with a specified date looming, we actually kept track of and completed many of our action items.
We closed our meeting early today having worked through our agenda and identified next-actions. We scheduled a date for the next offsite and headed out to meet the bus.