Habits are a better way to make time on your calendar for things that you want to get done on a regular basis.

For example, you might want to exercise every day between 9am and 5pm, or you might want to make sure you write your status report every Friday between 3pm and 5pm. Whatever the ritual, Habits makes it easy to create rules that your calendar can follow and adapt to as your schedule changes.

Basic settings

Reclaim only needs a few things to create a Habit for you:

  • Title: The name of the Habit that will display on your calendar.

  • Category: This tells Reclaim what kind of event the Habit is, which has an impact on your calendar analytics. You can choose Solo Work or Personal. This category will determine how the Habit gets color-coded on your calendar and uses your Color Coding settings. You can pick a different color for the Habit if you'd like.

  • Time Window: The window of time where you want the Habit to be scheduled, as well as the ideal time you want it to be scheduled.

  • Duration: The minimum and maximum amount of time you want to spend on the Habit.

  • Days of Week: Which days of the week are eligible to schedule the Habit

  • Frequency: How often you'd like to do the Habit—daily, weekly, every other week, monthly, or quarterly.

  • Times per week: If you select a weekly frequency for your Habit, you can tell Reclaim how many times per week you want the Habit to be scheduled.

  • Ideal Day: If you select Every other day, Monthly, or Quarterly frequency, you can tell Reclaim which day of the week you ideally like your Habit to be scheduled.

  • Starting: When you want the first instance of the Habit to be scheduled.

  • Visibility: You can opt to hide the title and description of the event from others on your calendar, or include a title and description. Reclaim will pre-populate a default description, or you can add your own.

Advanced options

Advanced options are not required to create a Habit, but it's a great way to get even more control over your calendar. Click Advanced options on the Habit's edit screen to view these additional options.

  • Time Defense: Reclaim initially adds Habits to your calendar ahead of time and marks them as Free time, and then flips them to Busy as your day fills up or as you get closer to the event's start time. This setting will let you control how aggressively you want Reclaim to defend your time by flipping Habits to Busy earlier. Read more in-depth info about how Time Defense works here.

  • Notifications: Reclaim will use your default Google Calendar notification preferences to send you a notification before the event begins.

  • CC Others: You can invite other people to your event. Reclaim will not check availability for any invitees, and also won't send them any notifications.

  • Avoid Duplicate Events: You can give Reclaim a list of words to look for on your calendar so that Reclaim won't schedule a Habit if it thinks you're already getting time for that activity. For example, if you have a Habit called Lunch, you might add words like lunch or eat food so that Reclaim doesn't book a Habit over other lunch-like events.

  • Auto-Decline Interruptions: Just like an Out-of-Office event in Google Calendar, you can opt to decline invites automatically if they interrupt your Habit. You can set the default message to send to others when an interruption is declined.

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