You may have noticed that Reclaim places Habits, Tasks, and Buffer time on your primary calendar. While those events can be synced to other calendars, the original source events will always be placed on the primary calendar under the Google account that you signed up for Reclaim with.

If you're unsure which calendar is the "primary" one for your Google account, head over to Google Calendar and look on the left hand side. The top-most calendar displayed is always your primary, as pictured here:

So why do we do this?

In corporate environments, it is common for people to share at least their free/busy status if not their calendar details with their coworkers. If you check your calendar settings, you'll see something that looks like this:

The default and most common configuration in corporate environments is to allow coworkers to know when each other is free or busy, giving way to a common pattern of looking for free time when scheduling meetings.

But, in a surprising twist, it turns out only your primary calendar controls your free/busy time when a coworker is scheduling a meeting.

By placing Reclaim-created events on that primary calendar, we ensure that your free/busy time (including the dynamic times we're managing on your behalf) are reflected when people are scheduling meetings with you.

What if I want the events to appear on a 2nd or 3rd calendar?

As long as you're OK with the original events being on your primary Google calendar, you actually can have the Habits, Tasks, and Buffer Time also appear on other calendars. All you have to do is set up a sync policy where your primary calendar is the source and the other calendar is a destination.

But what about color-coding / categorization?

Often the biggest sense of "loss" Reclaim customers feel when learning about this behavior is the feeling that they can't give Reclaim-created Habits or Tasks the color they wish. That's because Google makes it really easy to make multiple calendars and then give them an unlimited range of color options, and Google Calendar users take advantage of that for color-coding and categorization purposes.

Fortunately, you don't have to give this up.

A lesser-known feature in Google Calendar is the ability to color an individual event, like so:

You can right click on any event in Google and give it a custom color. You can still tell which calendar it is on by looking closely at the left-hand stripe, which is the underlying calendar color.

You can use Reclaim's Color Coding features, you can likely visualize your calendar in similar ways.

But what if I really do want to put the events on another calendar?

If after reading this document you still want to put your Reclaim-created events on a different calendar, there might be a way forward still.

  • If the other calendar is a sub-calendar, we don't currently support that behavior, but we'd love to hear from you to better understand your motivations. Perhaps it'll inspire us to add support for this!

  • If the other calendar is a primary calendar on another account, that means you simply need to switch your Main Account.

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