"With the changes to our working environments in the past year, having more chats and meetings makes it more difficult for people to carve out time for their core individual work. With the new focus time feature, we hope to make it easier to create dedicated time for thinking and core work," Google notes in a blogpost.
Of course, if your boss demands you join a video meetings, there's not much Focus time can do about that. But at least workers can send a signal to colleagues that, at a specified hour, they'd like to be left alone to focus on work. Focus time can also be set to repeat at the same hour at various intervals.
Calendar users can assign different colors that indicate focus time versus other events and other meetings.
Focus time is already rolling out. However, it's only available on some Workspace plans, including Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Teaching & Learning Upgrade, Education Standard, Education Plus, and for Nonprofits.