Save time for lunch every day by letting Clockwise automatically sync a lunch hold to your calendar.
In this article, you'll learn:
- How Lunch Holds work
- How to set up Lunch Holds
- How to make changes to Lunch Holds
- Why Lunch holds may not be created
- Lunch Holds FAQs
How lunch holds work
When you enable your Lunch events, Clockwise will automatically create a calendar event that corresponds to your lunch preferences.
These dynamic calendar events are updated in real-time as your calendar changes, so you can always have an up-to-date view of the time you have available for lunch.
Set up & Configuration
To enable your Lunch hold:
1. Go to the Settings menu and click on the "Smart Holds" section
- Chrome extension: Top left corner of your extension through the Menu button and click on Settings
- Web App: Click on your profile avatar, select Menu from the drop-down, and click on Settings
2. Scroll down to "Lunch" and toggle on "Preserve Time for lunch when possible"
3. Configure your preferences for when you want to take lunch and the minimum and maximum durations.
Quick Tip: The more flexibility you provide in the duration and timing window, the more likely Clockwise will be able to find and protect your lunch break every day.
Manually Update Lunch Holds
Clockwise gives you the flexibility to manually update your lunch holds. To do so, simply drag the lunch hold to your desired future time on your calendar or adjust the scheduled duration.
Clockwise will then confirm when you click into the event that you have successfully updated your lunch hold to your desired time.
Once the lunch hold is manually edited, Clockwise will no longer make dynamic updates to the event.
Why Lunch Holds may not be scheduled
Clockwise will recognize certain keywords to inform whether Lunch should be synced that day. If you have a meeting on your calendar with words "Lunch" in it, Clockwise will assume you manually scheduled your lunch block and will not create a duplicate hold.
If you're confused as to why a lunch event was not created, scan your calendar to see if an event may be considered a lunch meeting. If you'd like your Lunch event to persist, consider renaming the meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
If my calendar changes, how quickly will the lunch hold update?
Clockwise events are updated in real-time – if there is a change to your calendar, they will update within minutes.
Are the Lunch events marked as busy or free?
Lunch events are marked as "busy" on your calendar.
How do I delete a Lunch event from my calendar?
Lunch Smart Holds can be deleted from your desktop calendar by clicking Remove this hold from the right pane of your Clockwise extension or by clicking the trashcan from the Google UI. You currently cannot delete a Smart Hold from your mobile device.
How do I turn off the Lunch event sync?
To turn off the Lunch events sync, go to your Settings menu and expand the "Smart Holds" section. Toggle off "Automatically schedule lunch events on my calendar" to remove any public-facing Lunch events from your calendar.
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