The fundamental problem is that your meeting limit is likely different from everyone else’s limit. It can vary depending on your role, current workload, geography, available team members for delegation, and more. So, how can someone know when they’ve scheduled the last available time for you to get work done in a week?
The quick answer is they usually don’t know, or more likely, are only looking at your calendar with their own needs in mind. They need to solve a problem or share knowledge with you. They assume you, as a team player, are all in.
That’s why it’s essential to communicate your scheduling pain points and preferences. Sit down with your manager and team and discuss how all of you like to work. If you’re not a morning person, a performance evaluation at 8 a.m. is probably not a good idea. And, if you have family or personal obligations that your team can work around to help you keep a more balanced schedule, let them know about it.
If you’re not sure how you’re managing your meeting overload, use a tool that measures it.