Keeping calendars online or in-the-Cloud is great! For work, for family, or just for yourself; they’re about as easy as keeping it on the refrigerator door, and much more flexible than an At-A-Glance planner. And, of course, they have the advantage that you can carry around with you in your smartphone or tablet.
By “online,” I don’t mean posting your calendar in public, though you can do that if you want. But I do mean keeping your calendar where you can find it, check it, and change it at any time, and in just any place that is convenient.
There are many online calendars to choose from. I use Google Calendar, myself, but there are others that have the same or similar features and where you may already have an account to logon. The good ones are all FREE, so if you find one asking for money, try the ones at Google, Yahoo, AOL, or search “Free online calendar”. Xfinity has one too, though not exactly free, it does come with your Comcast internet service.
Many schedules, one calendar:
Online calendars have lots of swell features, but one of the best is that “your calendar” is not just one calendar, but can be many-in-one.
The idea is that you can different schedules all showing on one calendar.
For instance, you can have one for your personal schedule, and one for business meetings and such, and then another one for your kids’ schedules, and yet another for special community projects. No rules – as few or as many as you need, for whatever purpose you may have.
These schedules all overlay each other so that you can see them all at once, with different colors for work and family and whatnot. Or you can “hide” them, so that only one or two calendars show at a time.
Share – or don’t share – your schedule:
Another handy feature is that you can selectively share some, or all of your schedules with others.
Perhaps your kids’ schedules are shared with your family. A community project schedule might be shared with others involved with that project. Whomever you’ve shared the calendar with will receive an email and a link to the shared calendar and then they have the option of using it separately or overlaying it with their own calendars.
They they’ll have access to that same calendar on their computers and smartphones too.
I share my calendar with Annie, my wife, and it shows up as “Mike’s Calendar” in a list on the side of her own Google calendar. She can just click on that to see where I am or to maybe add an event – like “pick up raspberry torte at Corner Bakery” or “Corn, Dykeman’s, TODAY!”
It’s a bit like the front of the refrigerator, except it goes with you wherever you need it, and does that great instant sharing trick too. The ‘fridge can’t show you a custom range of dates, or automatically repeat a meeting date, either.
There are lots of other handy things that an online calendar can do. Give it a try! And, as always, if you have any questions about online calendars or other computer stuff, give me a call anytime. Mike Pepper ~ Pawling Computer Guy; 845-855-5824.