Monday, May 2, 2011

Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Google Calendar


A few months ago, I told you about Library Elf, and bemoaned the fact that our current library system does not participate.  Without the Library Elf email telling me I had books coming due, I was paying a lot of fines.

Craig has been trying for years to get me to use some kind of electronic organization system (i.e. a Palm Pilot, or nowadays an iPhone), but I have always resisted.  I prefer pen and paper.  For a year or so he has been telling me that he enters all of his and the kids’ activities in Google Calendar and I can just look there to see what’s going on, or add my own event.  I really never even bothered to look until recently.

So, admittedly I’m pretty much always the last person to jump on the technology bandwagon (well, other than my dad) and this is probably old news to you, but once I jumped on this one, I found Google Calendar to be very useful.  Back to the library thing, I can enter my multiple library due dates, and then set it to email me a day or two ahead so I can renew them, just like Library Elf would.  Even if that was its only function, I’d be happy with it.

It’s a secure website, and you can have separate calendars (personal, family, blog, etc) and either view them individually or all together.  As I said, you can have it email reminders to you.  Craig and I share access so we can keep up with each other.  And I’m sure there are tons of other things it can do that I’m not even aware of.

Just go to , click on the drop-down menu labeled “more”, and scroll down to “calendar” to get started.


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Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Thanks for hosting the party! Have a super week.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I like that idea!! I was wondering if I could find something to email me alerts b/c AOL's calendar is not trustworthy, and the thing on my gmail wasn't doing anything either.

Thanks for hosting!

Ellyn Schaffner said...

Thanks so much and I concur wholeheartedly! I have been using google calendar for almost 2 years now and have it synced with my husband's and my blackberries, the kids have access to it on their iGoogle page so that they too use it when they are at school to check dates and pop up dates. I still have a calendar on the fridge but am realizing that I don't really need it. Great post!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Hmmm. I might have to check that out. I hate my paper calendar because it's hanging up and I have to take it down to flip pages, etc. It's a pain. I might give google a try. Thanks for the tip and for hosting!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Ho wfunny to read this. I have just literally this week started using Google Calendar. It's useful to sync my and my husband's calendars so that I can easily arrange things without having to ask him first. I can just see if either of us are busy.

I'm feeling very pleased with it all - but my husband, who has been asking me for ages to yuse it, is even more pleased!!!