Back to Back Calendar Meetings

If you have lots of meetings scheduled in your personal or work calendar, there will always be a time where you have meetings that are going to be back to back. Even though they are shown as ending and starting at the same time, in reality you need to have a small time buffer between meetings to take a quick drink, eat some food, prepare for the next meeting, have a quick toilet break etc.

Adding this time buffer to meetings can be done automatically in Google Calendar in just a couple of mouse clicks and in this post, we will show you how.

Speedy Meetings

The speedy meetings setting is the setting in Google Calendar that automatically includes these time buffers for you. When this setting is activated, any thirty minute meeting will be ended five minutes early and any meeting longer than thirty minutes will be ended ten minutes early.

To enable speedy meetings in Google Calendar, follow these steps:

From an open Google Calendar in a web browser, click on the settings icon which is shown in the top right-hand corner of the browser window.

Google calendar settings icon.

When you click on this icon, a drop-down menu will appear. In this menu, click on the line that reads “Settings”.

Google calendar settings drop-down menu.

All the settings details will be displayed for the Google Calendar. On the left-hand side of the browser window, click on the line that reads “Event settings”.

The Google calendar event settings link.

When you click on this, the right-hand side of the window will show various settings that relate to events including the speedy meetings tick box.

Google calendar speedy meetings tick box.

Click on the tick box to enable the setting and then click on the left pointing arrow in the top left-hand corner to go back to your calendar.

The speedy meetings tickbox activated for Google calendar.

Create a new calendar event and if you click on the end date field, notice that a time buffer is now automatically included so you have a small amount of spare time between meetings.

The end date of a new Google calendar meeting showing included time buffers.
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