The Automatic Focus Time tool

Clockwise vs Google Calendar

Are you using Google Calendar to your full potential? Learn how Clockwise creates Focus Time automatically.

Over 15,000 organizations run on Clockwise

Manually block Focus Time with Google

Google Calendar lets you create an event on your calendar and categorize it as Focus Time.

The simple placeholder helps light calendar users, but it can also create even more busy work. In addition to manually creating each time block, you’ll need to edit and move the event through the course of the week as meeting conflicts arise.

Automatically create Focus Time with Clockwise

Clockwise lets you set a goal for a certain number of hours of Focus Time in the week and will proactively add those to your calendar.

As new meetings arise, Clockwise will automatically shift your Focus Time events to help ensure you get the time you need.

Create additional Focus Time with flexible meetings

Unlike Google, Clockwise helps teams unlock incremental Focus Time – beyond simple time blocking. Clockwise users can mark certain meetings as flexible, which allows Clockwise to automatically move them to the ideal times based on you and your guests’ preferences.

Flexible meetings enable Clockwise to create additional Focus Time. It’s a key part of the solution for people with busy schedules.

By the numbers


additional hours of Focus Time created to get deep work done


meeting conflicts resolved to make time for what matters

Minimize distraction, maximize focus with Slack sync and no-meeting day

Sync your calendar to your Slack status with Clockwise, so teammates know when you’re in the zone or in a meeting.

Unlike Google, you can also establish an automatic no-meeting day for your organization with Clockwise. Setting aside one day per week for team members to focus on heads-down work without being interrupted by meetings increases productivity and reduces stress.

Protect Focus Time from external meetings

Clockwise Links help you find the best time, not just the next time, to meet so you can schedule in a snap and preserve your Focus Time in the process.

Google’s appointment scheduling considers conflicts, but doesn’t take into account how bookable you’d like to make your Focus Time.

Clockwise's scheduling links understand your preferences and proactively protects them.

Measure the impact of Focus Time for you and your team

Clockwise offers rich analytics that show not only Focus Time, but also how many hours you’ve spent in or in-between meetings. Clockwise analytics also show team data, so you can see how much Focus Time your team has upcoming and plan accordingly.

Google’s Time Insights are limited — offering a snapshot of your individual Focus Time, but not providing in-depth, actionable insights to help you truly understand how you and your team are spending time.

Clockwise and Google feature comparison

When it comes to Focus Time, Google Calendar works best paired with Clockwise. Clockwise is the only tool dedicated to automating calendar management so you can make time for what matters.

Features and integrations
Google Calendar
Automatically create Focus Time blocks
Make additional Focus Time with flexible meetings
Defend Focus Time by auto-declining meetings
Generate Focus Time stats
Sync Focus Time to Slack
Resolve meeting conflicts with Focus Time
Support for No Meeting Days
Set weekly Focus Time goal
Set Focus Time as free (available to meet) or busy
Automatically schedule Focus Time based on preferences
Protect Focus Time from external meetings

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