Raise your hand if you try to avoid brainstorming sessions that usually lead to nowhere. Keep it up if you’ve also walked out of a meeting wondering why it was called—and wishing your boss would’ve sent over a quick email instead. Yes, meetings are a normal part of any job, but they’re pretty frustrating when they’re unproductive.

If your calendar is alerting you that you have five meetings today (ugh) and you’re not sure if you can squeeze them all iin, check this flowchart out. It’ll walk you through the process of deciding if it’s actually worth attending.


Flowchart courtesy of Huffington Post. Photo of meeting courtesy of Shutterstock.