There used to be a time when arranging a schedule meant pulling a diary from your pocket and turning pages. It also included, looking past the scribbles and the messed up handwriting to find a spare space used to be a huge problem.
That is when a humble calendar app comes to play to save your day. The growth of digital calendars has made it all so much easier. In addition, they help to make your day much more productive.
Google knows this all too well, which is why it introduced a brand new Google Calendar with plenty of smart features. In this article, we go through all the details, the ins and outs of the Google Calendar, and how this hidden gem could help you with your already busy schedule.
About Google Calendar
Google Calendar is a splendid time-management and scheduling digital calendar platform developed by Google. While the beta version of the app was launched in 2006, the app was made available for the public after three years in July 2009. Google Calendar is currently used by more than 500 million people and is available in 41 different languages.
The Google Calendar comes with the users’ personal Gmail address and the good news is that it is easy to get started. With Google Calendar, users can instantly schedule meetings and events. Plus, you can get reminders about what’s coming up next.
Features of Google Calendar
Like all the calendar apps, Google Calendar is also focused on keeping users on track and on time. However, this can only work if you know about its features and how to use them to your advantage. With these handy features of the Google Calendar assisting you every moment, you can save time and make the most of every day.
Users can use and quickly change the ways to view the calendar; the options include monthly, weekly, or the daily view. If the calendar is showing your weekend plans during your workdays, you can simply choose to hide them so that it no longer bothers you. You also have the advantage of viewing the whole year at a glance by choosing the year view.
Unlike other apps, Google Calendar automatically adds the events from your Gmail, Facebook, and other applications. For instance, if you get a confirmation of a flight booking or hotel reservation in your Gmail, you can adjust the settings such that Google will automatically import all the information to the app.
Demarcation of Personal and Professional Life
Users also have the advantage to create a personal and business account. You can also share your calendar with the ones who are interested and need to know about your schedule. Share your personal information and tasks with your family members and your meetings schedule with your office colleagues. In this way, you can keep your personal and professional life apart and give enough time to both.
Now you can even set personal goals in the Google Calendar mobile app. Based on the other entries already in the Calendar, Google will automatically suggest times that work well for your goal activities.
How to Download
To access the Google Calendar desktop version, you can click the link here. If you are previously signed in to Gmail or any other Google application from the browser, you will be automatically signed in to the Google Calendar as well. However, if you do not have a Google account, you will need to create an account which is a very simple and quick process.
The mobile version of the app is also available for both Apple and Android smartphones. You will need to download the app by visiting the app stores which is absolutely free of cost. Some Android users may also find Google Calendar already installed on their phones.
The free version of the app may work for smaller groups or teams and personal use. But for business and enterprise users, it lacks several features like the security and disaster-recovery feature among others. The G suite price starts as low as $6 per month for basic, $12 per month for business users, and $25 per month for enterprise users. These price plans have their perks and also give you cloud storage up to 1TB.
The Bottom Line
To sum up, Google Calendar is a great tool to keep track of all your appointments, meetings, events, and other personal affairs. With Google Calendar, you will hopefully spend more time focusing on your work rather than just scheduling and written notes of them.