Google Introduces Focus Time Entry In Google Calendar For Better Productivity

Google has introduced a new feature to their Google Calendar; an option for breaking down the day into different blocks of time called Focus Time. This method of scheduling is better for productivity because users set due times for each focus activity. For example, an hour-long focus writing exercise can be scheduled during the morning hours so that it doesn’t conflict with anything else you have going on then in your day. Some other potential time segments they have included are: catch up/start/block out, planning time, brainstorming time and free time

Google Calendar New Feature

Google recently introduced Focus Time entry in Google Calendar. Before the new feature, if you wanted to change the schedule for a day, week, or even month; you had to manually type it in when editing your calendar. It took more time and calculated more poorly because it would not account for small changes such as whether or not you had a meeting on that day or how many hours of sleep that day brought. Now with this new update, it will calculate everything accurately allowing only necessary changes to happen which is helpful when trying to maintain quality work-life balance. I couldn’t be happier with these improvements and think they’re worth using ASAP, especially now that Recur has been updated to work alongside Google Keep as well. If you have any feedback or requests, feel free to comment below. Thanks again for being so awesome!

When Is Focus Time Entered During A Day

Google has created a new feature called Focus Time by offering employees the ability to schedule their time when they will be focused. If a person is focusing, they can prevent unnecessary distractions and have a clearer mind. After a person enters focus time, Google Apps knows not to interrupt them during that time so they don’t get distracted. I would just like to know how Google knows when a person is focused.

Accuracy of Results in Search. According to an article on TechMeme titled “Some Problems That Could Destroy ‘Google Science’,” Google’s search often provides inaccurate results. For example, an article about the Sun Microsystems homepage got 163 correct links from search queries it received from January through December 2007, while a complaint to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) scored 43 link results by February 2008.

How Reliable Of a Schedule Should The Focus Time Be?

With Google Focus Time in place, reports from sources who participated seem to show consistently improvement in workers’ productivity. For example, employees worked 36% more hours during Q1 2016, on average, and the number of days with more than 80% work time was greater by 55%. On the other hand, empirical studies have seen only a small increase in productivity during focus-time implementations. Reliable statistics to compare Focus Time’s effectiveness are difficult to find. Employers can measure their efficiency against other companies instead of relying solely on improving their productivity through Focus Time . Many organizations need to keep up with changes in the labor market to find and retain employees with the best mental and physical abilities for jobs. While studies have been done wherever focus time was implemented, only modest gains in manufacturing productivity were reported. Some employers claim that Focus time has little or no effect on productivity. To their credit, employers don’t pay employees for their time at the workplace, so these claims may not be unreasonable. When customers or clients see that an individual is simply doing a better job

How Often To Set Backup Focus Times

Schedule focus times in your calendar; a new feature in Google Calendar

People can have their workloads distributed throughout the day, but sometimes it requires napping during the day because of that. Google has introduced a “Backup Focus Time” option, which allows users to designate schedules that they’ll stay fully focused on during on designated time period. Backup focus time options make it possible for you to focus better during the day, especially when coupled with Intervals and Task Timers.

Google Calendar allows users to specify a backup focus task, a designated part of the day when they can work full speed without distractions. For example, working on a paper right after getting up in the morning will be a backup focus task during that time because the page cannot be refreshed

Advanced Usage For Scoring What Days Would Produce Great Results

Google just made a new way to help people manage their day by introducing “Focus Time Entry” in Google Calendar. With this feature, people can enter activity for long enough hours on specific days when it will produce the best results. So if you don’t usually get out of bed at 8, but want to feel your best come Friday morning, if you could go to sleep at 6 AM and wake up at 6:30 AM on a Monday when you used that Time Entry…the system would make that happen automatically.

Or take Tuesday evening. You are burned out from the day, don’t feel like doing anything because of all the emails and calls yet you still have to do several things before the day is over.


Focus Time Entry is a new addition to Google Calendar that helps users see how much time they have left of their day in advance. It provides multiple features such as an overview on what the day will look like, notifications to let users know when they should start working, and a timer to track how long a lengthy task will take.  There are two ways the Focus function can be implemented. The first is the default setting where it changes colors each hour to provide more details about how we are using our day. The second is the keypress function that only changes color once we hit a certain amount of hours left in our day. Out of curiosity, I decided to test the feature which turned out to be a very worthwhile addition. My task for the day was to clear some space on my desktop for Google Docs and other files. With it in place, I was able to work more efficiently and less preoccupied about time. Plus users looking at their desktops probably won’t even notice it unless they are no where near the computer.

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