Time Hack 6 of 9: Make time for yourself

Sometimes the only guest I want in a meeting is me. There are many reasons I would want time alone with no distractions. I need to do my taxes, I need to focus on a project, I need to finally get around to watching The Mandalorian (I know, I know). When I want to block out some me time, I simply email Andrew directly and CC no one.

“Andrew, find two hours at the office next week for me to finally write that blog post about time hacking.”

Using the above request, Andrew will create a meeting on my calendar with just me. It looks something like this:

A couple of really cool things happened here. First, since I’m the only person in this meeting, we’ve titled the meeting “Reminder” and added the full text of my request to Andrew into the notes so I remember what I am trying to remember. 

PRO TIP: Change the meeting title by including a title in quotes in your request to Andrew:
Andrew, find two hours at the office next week for me to finally write that blog post about time hacking. Call it “Write blog post”.

Want to speed this up even more? Use a slash command! I can plan to drink alone simply by emailing Andrew: “Andrew, /beer so I can ponder the decisions in life that got me to this point.”

Andrew adds this to my calendar whenever I am available using the meeting template I detailed in a previous time hack article and it lands on my calendar instantly looking a bit like this:

And there you have it… by sending one email directly to Andrew I just made time for me to reflect over a cold mug of suds. Consider my time hacked!


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More Articles in the Time Hacker Series

  1. Look busier than you are: Mask your true availability
  2. Stash a Slash: Surreptitiously include instructions to our AI to save you a step
  3. Automate your responses: Create email workflows to manage meetings without your involvement
  4. Customize your overlap: Use Meeting Templates to optimize time zone overlaps
  5. Separate work and play: Route different events to different calendars to protect your free time
  6. Make time for yourself: Instantly block out time with a note to self, without leaving your email
  7. Add Amy to your emails with zero clicks: Loop in our AI with a quick and easy email hack
  8. Leave yourself a graceful exit plan: Use buffer time to allow meetings to run long… or cut them short
  9. Gotta keep ’em separated: Double-book your time without letting the attendees know about each other