Having a balanced work-life is incredibly important, especially in a society that’s always online. Sometimes you just need to unplug and take a break for a while. With Google Calendar’s auto decline feature, it’s incredibly easy to do just that.
Note: Most of these setting are only available within the G Suite version of Google Calendar.
How to Set an Out of Office to Auto Decline Events in Google Calendar
Step 1: Open calendar.google.com in a web browser
Step 2: Click the
Create button at the upper left (like you would when creating any other type of event)
Step 3: In the event creation window, click the
Out of office tab
Step 4: Add a title (optional) and select a date range that Google Calendar should auto decline invites for
Step 5: Make sure that the
Automatically decline new and existing meetings checkbox is checked
You should also fill out the
Message field directly underneath the checkbox. This is the message the invitee will receive when the meeting is declined.
Step 6: Click
Your Google Calendar should now decline meetings and events for the specified date range.
How to Setup Working Hours in Google Calendar
Google Calendar can also auto decline meetings outside of your working hours. Here’s how to make sure they’re enabled and configured correctly.
Step 1: Open to calendar.google.com in a web browser
Step 2: Click the gear icon at the upper right hand corner and select
Step 3: On the left hand side of the page, click
Working Hours under
Step 4: Ensure that the
Enable working hours checkbox is checked and configure your working hours accordingly
The settings will save on their own.