I started Busy out of pure frustration. I used to travel a lot with my job; I had other personal commitments and subsequently had to be away from my emails for big chunks of time. During those periods, having my Out-of-Office auto-reply on was a great feeling. It meant I didn’t have to worry about my emails, and it was also helpful for people trying to get hold of me. The problem was that I always forgot to turn it on. Buried in the settings and restrictive in its functionality, I just never got around setting it, and I often paid the price when I arrived back at work. I wanted something far more intuitive and visual, so I built Busy.
I’ve been amazed at how people are using Busy; those who work flexibly seem to have taken to it the most. Customers who look after kids block out time every afternoon so that they can focus on the school run rather than panicking about those p.m emails. Another customer has Busy on four days a week so that she can practice deep-work uninterrupted. We even have a coffee shop owner that doesn’t open on Tuesdays and uses Busy to let their customers know that they’re not available. All of these uses aren’t how I first imagined people would use the tool, but the fact Busy is linked so seamlessly to your calendar means that you can use it in any way that feels right for you. I can’t wait to hear how you use it!