I am a Google nerd.
It all started when I signed up for a Gmail account and fell in love with it. Then about a year ago, I discovered Google Docs, where you can create Word documents online and access them from any computer with the Internet. This was especially helpful when I was working on things both at home and at school.
I’ve got a post in the works about Picasa, Google’s picture application, but today my blog is devoted to the veritable paradise of an OCD: Google Calendar (hereafter referred to lovingly as ‘GCal’).
It’s hard to describe how exciting it is for me to see all the colors and details when I open up GCal for the eighteenth time each day.
You can see from the categories at the left (shown bigger below, or you can click on the picture) that I’ve got a lot of different calendars within one large calendar.
Makes ya drool, doesn’t it?
Without further ado, here are just a couple ways that GCal works for me.
1. You can open up GCal directly from Gmail.
If you’re not a Gmail user, this probably isn’t that appealing. But maybe this will encourage you to become a Gmail user. On my laptop, I have GCal on my Firefox toolbar, but when I’m on any other computer, I love being able to sign into Gmail each morning and instantly click on the link to GCal, which then opens in a separate window.
2. GCal is color-coordinated.
Each of these labels to the right are a different ‘calendar.’ You can open all of them, some of them or one of them at the same time within GCal. Having different colors is helpful when you’re opening a lot at once, because you can easily tell what’s what.
3. GCal is easy to update.
If all you want to do is just add an event – below, I’m adding in a lunch date with my friend Emily – you just click on the date and this little bubble pops up. Type in the time and title of the event, choose which calendar (color) you want the event to be part of, and click ‘Create Event.’
4. You can tailor GCal to your specific needs.
Below I’m showing a couple days of my ‘Menu’ calendar in ‘Agenda’ mode. It’s not very detailed because all it’s showing is what I’m eating for lunch today and what leftovers I took to Christian for a few days. However, you can always add in more details, for example, about what you’re going to be making for dinner.
Or, let’s say you make a calendar, like I have, called ‘Things to Do.’ Maybe you’re updating your calendar Saturday, and you need to make a phone call Monday morning. Why not enter the phone number into the details so you can scroll through the agenda at a glance Monday and not have to go searching for the number?
5. You can view as many or as few calendars as you’d like.
Maybe you just want to see how your dinner plans will fit into your work schedule. On my calendar, I’d just select “Menu” and “Work” and deselect the rest. Or maybe you just need to quickly glance to see who has a birthday coming up. Deselect everything but “Birthdays.” You get the idea.
GCal really does work for me, and it might work for you, too.
This level of organization might not work for everyone, but it keeps me on track with menu-planning, exercise, Bible memorization and spending time with friends and family. If you’re having trouble keeping your life together, use this wonderfully free program to start pulling things back together.
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