When Habits are added to your calendar, they're initially added as Free ahead of time to keep your calendar flexible. As time draws nearer to the event's start time, or as your day starts to fill up, Reclaim will mark the event as busy so it gets defended from others.

You can adjust how aggressively Reclaim will flip your Habits from Free to Busy using your Time Defense settings in Reclaim. Here's a bit more about how those settings work.

Time Defense Settings

Reclaim considers two variables when it comes to Time Defense:

  1. The amount of time left for the Habit in the Habit's time window when Reclaim schedules the Habit on your calendar, or;

  2. The amount of time left before the Habit is scheduled to begin when Reclaim schedules the Habit on your calendar.

There are three settings for Time Defense, each of which treats these variables more or less aggressively:

  • Least Defensive: marks Habits as Busy when Reclaim is down to the very last minimum slot for the Habit, and/or 30 minutes before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

    • For example, if you have a "Least Defensive" Habit called "Exercise" that blocks between 45 minutes and 1 hour, Reclaim would mark that Habit as Busy when there is only 45-minute slot remaining in the Habit's time window, or 30 minutes before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

  • More Defensive: marks Habits as Busy when Reclaim is down to the second-to-last minimum slot for the Habit, and/or 60 minutes before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

    • For example, if you have a "More Defensive" Habit called "Reading" that blocks between 1 hour and 2 hours, Reclaim would mark that Habit as Busy when there are only two 1-hour slots remaining in the Habit's time window, or 60 minutes before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

  • Most Defensive: marks Habits as Busy when Reclaim is down to the very last maximum slot for the Habit, and/or 24 hours before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

    • For example, if you have a "Most Defensive" Habit called "Networking" that blocks between 1 hour and 2 hours, Reclaim would mark that Habit as Busy when there is only one 2-hour slot remaining in the Habit's time window, or 24 hours before the Habit is scheduled to begin.

Your Time Defense settings are an important way to make sure your Habits are scheduled consistently, especially when it comes to Habits you always want to have defended on your calendar.

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