Make use of your calendar defaults

Cropped screenshot of settings in Google Calendar with "Add calendar" highlighted, and under that category, "Browse calendars of interest" highlighted
The holiday calendars are often found in calendar settings under “Add calendar”

A couple weeks ago, I was trying to schedule some meetings and looking to avoid suggesting dates that fell on Jewish holidays (since I was meeting with people who would be observing).  And for as long as I can remember, I have always done an internet search for “Jewish holidays [this year]” and simply referenced one of the lists that popped up.   Same for other countries or other religions.  Easy enough.

Then someone vented to me about their colleagues scheduling a meeting on a holiday, and it being a constant pattern, and how they could have simply turned on the “show me X holidays” in the platform that their company used for calendars.  You wouldn’t even have to look up anything!  These days would simply show up when you opened your calendar.  And I was reminded (d’oh!) that there are calendar settings, and I don’t have to manually look up holidays each time I try to schedule something with someone who might observe different holidays than I do.  Most calendars will have such options. 

Screenshot within Google calendar settings that shows "Regional holidays" with both Japan and US holidays checked off, and then "Global religious holidays" with all boxes checked (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox)
There may be other holidays that are relevant for you and those you work with — this is simply an example!

So here’s your friendly reminder to make use of those calendar settings if you haven’t already!

P.S. Bonus points if, as the organizational administrator, you go and adjust the defaults to help everyone at your organization be more inclusive in scheduling meetings!