How many meetings have you been at where the facilitator, for one reason or another, starts writing items on a list called \u201cThe Parking Lot.\u201d This is a great practice to help keep a meeting on target. This is also a great practice to have these topics disappear forever. I have never seen one of these lists reappear at a future time.Let\u2019s start being honest with ourselves. Let\u2019s call this list the junk yard. Those items that hit this list will rust away until they are completely forgotten. Isn\u2019t this what happens to those items that are put into the parking lot anyway?Obviously we must have a way to prioritize issues to keep meetings and projects on track. But the parking lot concept is one of the most abused processes I have ever seen. If it is going to be used then use it correctly. Create \u201ca list\u201d of items that require prioritization. Create a regular process where this list is reviewed and reprioritized. Many items will continue to remain toward the bottom of the list. Leave them there so that it is clear that these items have been discussed and prioritized.Bottom line, don\u2019t allow your parking lot to become a junk yard.