Google Calendar Gets Focus Time Entries That Can Automatically Decline Meetings


Google is introducing ‘Focus Time’ entries on Google Calendar that can automatically decline meeting requests for a selected time slot. The focus time entry will indicate users’ work status and make it easier for them to time out for individual focused tasks. Focus time entries will appear on Google Calendar with a small headphone icon that users can customize by color. It can also set entries apart from other events and meetings. New Google Calendar feature rolling out Wednesday

Google Detailed What the ‘Focus Time’ entry will do for users in a blog post on Wednesday, October 20th. The company says it hopes to make it easier for users to create dedicated time for thinking and core tasks. Focus Time will function much like an ‘out of office’ event Google Calendar He was launched Back in 2018.

Focus time entries will appear on the calendar with a small headphone icon. As mentioned, focus time entries can be colored differently to make them stand out from other calendar entries. Focus Time will include an option to automatically decline conflicting events such as meetings. These entries will also appear in the ‘Time Insights’ panel which shows how the user’s work hours are spread between meetings and other activities so that they can better plan.

You can follow these steps on your computer to set the focus time

How to Schedule Focus Time on Google Calendar

  1. to open Google Calendar
  2. Choose when you want to schedule the focus time.
  3. At the top of the event, click focus time and select event start time
  4. click on save Button

The new feature is rolling out to Google Calendar for people in the rapid release domain starting Wednesday, October 20. Google has confirmed that Focus Time entries are limited to users of certain Workspace accounts – Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Teaching, and Learning Upgrade, Education Standard, Education Plus and non- profitable customer. It is not available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Frontline as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.


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