Morning is best for things like status updates and logical thinking, when sharpness and enthusiasm are at their height, while closer to the end of the day is a really good time for brainstorming. And of course, never do meetings in the period right after lunch.
Ensuring a meeting has a clearly stated end time is more important. We often fall asleep in meetings out of boredom, not tiredness.
2. The right place
Meeting in unconventional locations can help boost creativity. Standing meetings - where participants talk without sitting down - have also been praised by many efficiency experts for keeping things efficient.
Putting it simply - you can't fall asleep if you're participating. Speak up during the first three minutes, it allows you to feel like a contributor not a listener. Taking notes can also be helpful in keeping your brain alert.
For leaders, make sure to adhere to the agenda and only the agenda, tacking on other business is when the bores kick off.
6. Fidget away
When all else fails, keeping your hands busy can help. Doodling is another longstanding go-to for bored meeting goers, but it can make you even more drowsy. Sometimes, it may just take a pinch on your own arm instead.