It’s no secret that Google Calendar is one of the best planning tools on the Internet to help manage your productivity!
Calendar is super simple to use and customize to your lifestyle. Staying on schedule is easy when you can book events, tasks and reminders from your computer or mobile. Plus, you can share your calendar with friends and co-workers, so you can see when everyone is free or busy to book meetings.
Here are five of the best ways to stay in sync and organized with Google Calendar:
1. Send yourself an agenda
Want to know what’s on your to-do list for the day? You can have your daily schedule emailed or text messaged to you by opting in to agenda notifications.
Visit your Google Calendar and click Settings. Under the Calendars tab, select the specific calendar you want and click Reminders/Notifications. Here, you can check off the box for Daily Agenda and choose the way you’d like to be notified.
2. Layer multiple calendars
Most of us have tried multiple solutions for organizing different facets of our lives. From cell phone alerts to desktop applications, we’ve used different tools for planning and scheduling both our personal and professional lives.
Google Calendar allows you to create multiple calendars for different purposes all in one place. You can layer separate calendars for work, social commitments, appointments and birthdays. Each schedule is color-coded, so it’s easy to tell one from the other.
You can create a calendar for anything in your life that you’d like to plan: Schedule your favorite TV shows, upcoming movie releases or dinner ideas for the week. The possibilities are endless!
3. Never get caught in the rain
To make planning ahead even easier, add a weather forecast to your Google Calendar! This is great for organizing an event that is dependent on weather or simply for planning what to wear.
Enable the weather forecast feature by selecting Settings > General. First, you need to fill in your location information and then you can choose if you’d like your forecast displayed in °C or °F.
4. Search your calendar
It may seem obvious that Calendar has great search functionality. After all, Google designed it!
The search tool is not only one of most overlooked features, but also one of the handiest. You can use keywords to search within all or some of your calendars. In seconds, you can easily find past events to determine the last time you did something, such as get an oil change or a haircut.
5. Collaborate with Google Docs
One of the great things about Google Apps is how well the different components compliment one another!
By integrating Google Docs, you can share reports with your team prior to a meeting to make sure they are fully prepared. Any of your events can include documents, spreadsheets and presentations as attachments.
To start using attachments, all you need to do is enable the Lab. Much like Gmail, Google offers different Labs that allow you to try out new experimental features in Calendar. To enable this feature, visit Settings > Labs > and select Event Attachments.