Second, and I might be controversial here, but I don’t think growth in remote and hybrid work is leading to more meetings. Instead, I would suggest it’s making our personal lives more intertwined with our professional ones which leads us to schedule differently. Yes, we can be more spontaneous but we have to adjust our mindset to a different kind of planning.
On top of both these points, I think it’s also important to say that people are struggling to set boundaries. We’re stressed and burnt out. A lot of this comes from people working in a new way and not adjusting their planning to suit. Something that Doodle can help to sort out.
Where is scheduling going in the future
For Doodle, our users tell us they love it because it's simple. To stay future-proof, we need to become the simplest yet most effective scheduling solution there is. One that integrates into our users' lives seamlessly.
We’ve already started working on that. At the start of 2023, we made it a priority to optimize the time it takes to create a meeting. This included a new preview option for organizers of meetings, a time zone selector and an autosave feature so people don’t lose all their info if something happens and their connection is lost. The faster you can create your Booking Page or Group Poll, the more time you have to do everything else you want to in your life.
If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the working world is constantly changing and that means more scheduling problems to overcome. Our planning has us thinking about all of this and constantly staying in tune with what users need. What the Doodle of the future will offer is exciting and will see more tools to increase flexibility even further - a core reason why people come to us.
The crucial thing I’d want people to take away from all of this is that while the future of scheduling looks to get ever more complex, at Doodle, we’re going to strive to make it as easy as possible. Life is hard, scheduling doesn’t have to be.