Too much time on your hands?
A completely open calendar can indicate someone whose time is not in high demand. That’s why I set up my x.ai calendar pages to share a limited number of slots per day, usually no more than 5. This makes it seem as though my days are filled with something other than soul-crushing loneliness and scoldings from Dennis. I also enable the option to only offer times for meetings at the top of the hour to spread my availability out.
Cool? Yes, but that’s a rookie time hacker trick!
An advanced time hacker takes advantage of the x.ai meeting confirmation email to disguise their availability.
If I request an ad hoc meeting using natural language over email, I might say something like, “Andrew, find thirty minutes next week at my office. Call it “Seinfeld Screening” and Dennis is optional.”
Andrew will then send me a confirmation email with the range of available times set to next week. It will look something like this:
Great, Andrew got the details correct. My guests saw me say, “next week” in the email. As far as they know, I am happy to meet with them any time next week.
However, unbeknownst to them, rather than clicking “Schedule as is” to get the meeting booked, I can click “Update details” and hack some time by giving Andrew extra instructions that my guests won’t know about! Once in the interface, I can update my preferred times by selecting “Time ranges”:
Once there, I simply click and drag to choose the times that I actually want for my meeting:
Ta-da! Now when I tell Andrew to go ahead and schedule the meeting, my guests saw me say “Next week” but I am actually instructing Andrew to only offer times on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon, and a small window on Friday morning! My guests are none the wiser and I protect the rest of my week.
Time status: HACKED!