Whether they happen weekly, monthly, or quarterly (or even daily), recurring meetings are often a waste of time. To know whether yours are
worth keeping, consider a few factors. First, make sure the meeting has a clearly articulated reason to exist. Ask yourself, “If we canceled this meeting, who besides me would care?” Second, determine the right cadence. It may seem obvious, but a meeting’s frequency and length must align with its purpose. For example, teams and task forces governing near-term priorities will need to meet more frequently for shorter amounts of time, while those focused on longer-term priorities should meet less often for longer amounts of time. Finally, figure out the right composition of attendees. Don’t let hierarchy decide who shows up; only those who have something specific to contribute should be included. And remember, even best practices won’t fix a meeting that shouldn’t be happening at all.