You may wish to have regular breaks built into your weekly schedule—for example, an hour for lunch every day, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. These breaks will show up automatically on the calendar, so receptionists can see that you're not available at a certain time (and, if you offer online bookings, patients won't be able to book themselves in, either).
In this guide, we'll walk you through how to add regular, recurring breaks to your weekly schedule.
Add breaks to your schedule
First things first, you'll want to find the spot where you can edit your schedule. Click on where it says My info, under your name:
This will bring you to your account information page. Click the Edit your practitioner settings button:
On the next page, scroll down until you see your schedule. You'll see a button that says Add break next to each day of the week:
After selecting that, you'll be able to select the duration of your break, as well as how you want (you can have multiple breaks on the same day):
You'll need to add breaks into each day of the week that you want to have them, as well as to your other locations (if applicable). Be sure to save your settings by hitting that Update practitioner button, and now, if you go to your calendar, you'll see the breaks indicated in light grey:
If you ever want to remove a regular break, you can simply use the "remove" button (back in your schedule settings) to remove the break. If you need to free up a certain break (for example, you might have a regular break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, but you want to remove just one of those breaks just from the third Thursday of January), you can "open it up" by using a one-off availability.
What if I only want to add a once-off break?
No problems! If you need to add just a single break for one day during the week, you can use unavailable blocks to do so. Head over here to learn how.