Everybody needs to block off time that's unavailable for meetings. If you don't control your schedule, it will control you ⏳.
Block time from your calendar
For example, if you want to make yourself unavailable for meetings during lunch time, go to your calendar and follow the steps below.
For Google Calendar
1. Open Google Calendar
2. Drag to create a new event for the times you want to block off. Add a suggestive title, "Lunch time" in our case.
3. Click "More options", mark yourself as "Busy" and make the event recurrent.
4. Click "Save" and you're done. You marked yourself unavailable for meetings during lunch time.
Follow the same steps for Outlook Calendar.
Block time by configuring your work hours and event templates
For example, instead of accepting meeting invites for whenever people send them, you may block off Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for working on tasks and leave Tuesday and Thursday open for people to schedule meetings.
You can do this by configuring your work hours and further fine tune your availability for every event template, if needed.
Manually select when you are available for meetings
If you don't want to offer all of the available times on your calendar for scheduling meetings, consider using Guarded Availability. Instead of blocking off times you're not available, you'll create blocks of time on your calendar that will indicate you are available for booking (manually mark when you are free). You can manage the availability you offer to your clients directly on your linked calendar.
To show available at specific times, add "Free" events on your calendar.
Use time blocking apps
Also, if you need to block off multiple time blocks for different tasks, consider using a time blocking app. Zapier made a good list for top 5 time blocking apps. Read the article here.
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