Enable Autopilot for a meeting you organized, and Clockwise will automatically reschedule it to the least disruptive time as your calendar changes, minimizing interruptions and context switching costs.
- Autopilot is opt-in only - Clockwise will never put a meeting on Autopilot without your consent.
- Autopilot will only move a meeting if every attendee on that meeting is available at the new time.
- Autopilot will only move a meeting within your meeting hours, and the meeting hours that we infer for the meeting attendees.
- Autopilot will automatically move the selected event if a less disruptive time is found - there is no approval process for the individual meeting moves.
- Autopilot runs every week day (Mon-Fri) at 4pm. If a meeting you organized moves, we will send you an email and notify you in your chrome extension feed.
- Autopilot is currently only available for internal meetings.
How do you enable Autopilot on the Chrome extension?
Clockwise intelligently suggests that you put certain meetings that will have a high impact on your team's Focus Time on Autopilot. You will see these suggestions in your Clockwise home feed. Choose the flexibility of your meeting (see below) and click "Enable Autopilot" to turn on Autopilot for that meeting.
You're able to switch autopilot on while you're creating an event or after the event has already been created. Just look for the Autopilot toggle to switch on, this will allow Autopilot to optimize the timing of this event. You can turn this off at any time. After you've turned it on, select your level of time and meeting room flexibility.
How do you enable Autopilot on the Web App?
You will be able to access suggested meetings for Autopilot from your Clockwise homepage. Choose the flexibility of your meeting (see below) and click "Enable Autopilot" to turn on Autopilot for that meeting.
Any meeting seen from your Slack experience is clickable. If you'd like to turn Autopilot on for these meetings, you can click on it from your Clockwise Slackbot to access your options on the Homepage. Once you turn the meeting on, select your flexibility (see below).
Setting a flexible time range for your Autopilot meetings
So that Clockwise only moves a meeting within the time period you feel comfortable with, Clockwise enables you to set a flexible time range for every meeting on Autopilot:
Note: When setting Autopilot flexibility to "Ok to move within the week", Clockwise knows not to schedule a meeting too close to the last meeting scheduled. For example, a meeting will not be scheduled on Friday of one week and Monday the next week.
Setting flexible time of day preferences for your Autopilot meetings
Clockwise gives you greater control and flexibility for when Autopilot optimizes your meeting time. If you prefer to have your meetings at a certain time of day, click the Time of Day Flexibility drop down to customize the window that your meeting will move between.
Examples for when this can be useful:
- Adjust time of day flexibility to be anytime before 2pm for your coffee chats
- To schedule a break from your computer screen or schedule time for a walk, adjust the time of day flexibility to be anytime in the afternoon.
- To accommodate a teammate in a different timezone (e.g., in another country), adjust time of day flexibility to your overlapping availability.
Managing conference room booking with Autopilot
If the event is in a conference room, Clockwise can either look for a time when the same room is available ("Keep current room"), or find a time when a similar conference room is free.
If an Auto-piloted meeting is set to allow us to move the room, we will move it:
- In the same building, plus or minus one floor
- Ignore preferred rooms settings (just used for scheduling)
- We won’t put you in a room that’s too small based on google capacity settings
Your conference room "resources" in Google have to have data - If Google doesn’t tell us anything about the room, then we won’t change the room - entire orgs might not have this data inputted, so could be limited.
The more flexible you are with the event's time and conference room, the more likely it is that Clockwise will be able to find a better time for the event.
Smart Meeting Breaks
Feeling drained from too many back-to-back meetings? Smart meeting breaks are here to help! When you turn this feature on, Clockwise Autopilot will optimize your calendar to create breaks of your chosen duration between blocks of meetings.
To enable Smart meeting breaks:
- Navigate to your settings in Clockwise
- Click on Working hours and meeting preferences
- Scroll down to Work Preferences and toggle on “When possible, create a break between consecutive meetings”. Please note: this is a Paid feature.
Once the feature is enabled, you can choose the length of the consecutive meeting duration as well as the length of breaks you’d like Clockwise to create. The consecutive meeting duration allows you to chose how long you want your back-to-back meetings to be scheduled; whether you want a 2 hours block or 3 hours block. The length of breaks determines how long of a break you want from those back-to-back meeting blocks.
What meetings can you include in Autopilot?
Clockwise will only include meetings that meet the below criteria in Autopilot:
- Internal only - no attendees outside of your email domain
- Organized by you - the meeting has to be scheduled by you. If there's a meeting you would like to add to autopilot, invite the organizer to Clockwise and they can enable Autopilot for that meeting.
We recommend you enable Autopilot for recurring meetings like 1:1's or team syncs. These are typically not scheduled at an optimal time every week, so Clockwise can often find a better time.
When does Autopilot run?
Autopilot runs every weekday (Mon - Fri) at 4pm in the Time Zone set for your organization.
How does Autopilot know when to move a meeting?
Autopilot takes into account a number of factors when trying to find a better time for your meetings:
- Focus Time cost: Clockwise calculates the total Focus Time cost for all attendees on the meeting, then compares that with the Focus Time cost of all the available alternative times. If there is a time that is free that meets all other criteria below and has a lower Focus Time cost, Clockwise will automatically move the meeting.
- Your meeting hours: Clockwise will only move meetings within the meeting hours you set during onboarding. You can review or change these at any time from Settings.
- The other attendees' meeting hours: Clockwise infers meeting hours for the other meeting attendees based on their past behavior. The best way to ensure you we have accurate meeting hours for meeting attendees is to invite them to Clockwise so they can customize them.
- Your flexibility setting for the meeting: Clockwise only looks for alternative times either within the day or within the week of the original meeting time, depending on how flexible you say the meeting is.
- Your lunch preferences: Clockwise will attempt to preserve some time for you to take a break for lunch. You can customize this preference in Settings.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions about Autopilot.