At Jell, we’re focused on reducing the need for unnecessary meetings while making fewer meetings more productive.
Which begs the question: How much time did you waste in meetings over the past year? Since we wanted to know the answer ourselves, we built a nifty, free app: meetingcalculator.com
Our Meeting Calculator connects to your Google Calendar, analyzes your meeting activity over the past 365 days, and will instantly tell you:
- How many hours you spent in meetings in the past year
- What percentage of them were recurring
- How much these meetings cost
- How your numbers compare to other users
Don’t worry: The read-only connection is temporary, and we won’t add you to any kind of email list or store any of your personal data. We promise.
Why did we create this meeting calculator?
As mentioned above, we wanted to answer these questions ourselves. Why? Have you ever had one of those days when it’s suddenly 4 p.m. and you start to think: “What the hell did I do all day? Why didn’t I get anything accomplished?” If you answered “No,” you’re simply awesome (congrats!) or you’re fooling yourself.
We devote countless hours to an ongoing cadence of routine team meetings: standups, status check-ins, recaps and group brainstorming sessions. It seems as though we’re psychologically programmed to be drawn to these recurring group activities, even though science says a more minimalist approach to is the key to productivity.
If you want to clear your calendar of excessive meetings—and keep them from creeping back in—you’ll first need to explain just how much time you’re devoting to meetings when you could be getting shit done.
Problem is, unless you want to take on a massive analysis, calculating exactly how much time, energy and money is going toward meetings is just an anecdotal guess. But not anymore.
Once you get a baseline, you can use tools like Jell and productivity hacks to reduce the number of unnecessary meetings and make fewer meetings more productive. Below are some recommended resources to help you escape the meeting conundrum: