Continuing with our tech talk, please welcome my guest today, Sarah Kimmel from Technology for Mommies, who I must say is much more qualified than I am to teach these things. Enjoy!
When it comes to scheduling your time, you may be using a white board in your kitchen, or a print out of the month on your fridge… Isn’t this the digital age? Don’t be scared to learn computers, this is the top 5 reasons I use Google Calendar, and you should too!
1. Multiple Calendars
I teach my children how to organize their time by creating routines for them. This way they know when it’s time for snack, or time to clean up! I also have a routine for myself I want to use. Next I have a calendar for my appointments, another for each child’s appointments, and another for my husband’s appointments. Lastly I have my blog editorial calendars, a calendar for the meals I’m going to make for the week, and a calendar for work. All of these calendars are tied to one account, yet remain separate calendars.
2. Focused Planning
What I really like about setting up multiple calendars is that I can hide the other calendars and just focus on the one I’m concerned with at the time. When I want to see what post I’m going to be writing for the next week I look at my editorial calendar, when I want to see what appointments and meetings I have for myself today I can hide the rest of the calendars and just view my appointments.
3. Color Coding
Since all of these calendars are separate they are automatically color coded for you! You can pick different colors for each calendar, or just keep them the colors that end up automatically assigned to the calendar. You can easily see who has to be where at a glance!
4. Access From Anywhere
Most smartphones will allow you to sync your calendar with your Google calendar. You can set which of your Google calendars will be your default for new appointments. You can also pick which calendars you want to view at any given time. Typically on my phone I hide all of the family routine calendars. I can enter an appointment on my phone, and it will instantly be visible on the web.
5. Family Syncing
My husband has his own Google account, but he has used the sharing feature to share the calendar with my Google account where I have access to write to his calendar as well. If we had older kids with smartphones as well, they could also have their own Google accounts and share their calendars. When you give someone write access to your calendar it will automatically be tied to your Google account. This means when I add my Google account to my phone, my husband’s calendar already comes through on its own. Since the calendars are web based, when I schedule a doctor’s appointment for my husband, I can enter it on his calendar on my phone, and his phone will automatically show the appointment!
Best of all Google calendar is absolutely free! You just need a Google account. If you already use blogger or gmail you already have one! Just go to calendar.google.com to get your calendars all set up.
If you already use Google calendar, which feature do you love the most?
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