Keeping your calendar up-to-date is more than just keeping track of events that you have going on– it’s the critical first step for staying organized. Check out our tips to get your calendar in tip-top shape!
Whether you are using a calendar to organize your social life, business schedule, or hectic educational commitments, it is something we depend on from a day-to-day basis. The once paper tool has now transitioned into an online solution. There are hundreds of online platforms to keep your life in line, however the most popular ones are Google and Apple Calendar. One of the biggest challenges for people right now is managing the many different calendar platforms they interact with in just one day!
…So this begs the question: What are the best ways to reduce repetitive calendar notifications?
Here are Likeli’s Tips:
Repetitive calendar notifications usually come in two forms: one being the use of multiple calendar platforms sending out notifications, the other comes from having multiple reminders set up on one calendar platform.
1. The first tip we have is to recommend picking one calendar platform that you feel most comfortable with and can rely on most.
When choosing this go-to calendar platform, choose the one that you find easiest to use. For us, that is Google Calendar. When using Google Calendar you can create events, set reminders, set goals, and set dates for when you are “out of office”, essentially a “do not disturb”. Once you choose your calendar platform, the great thing is that many of the most popular calendar platforms sync with other calendar applications. For example, when using Google Calendar you can sync your calendar with the Apple Calendar as well on any IOS device. For instructions on how to do this, click this link. Once you have merged the calendars, you can interact with people using the Apple calendar as well and they can interact with you.
The problem with this is that you do receive repetitive notifications, but that is an easy fix! You can manage your notification settings on your IOS device or in Google Calendar to turn off notifications for one of the calendars. For example, you can turn off notifications for Apple calendar, so the only notifications you receive are from your Google Calendar account! While we have only discussed Apple and Google Calendars, this holds true for many of the most popular calendar platforms.
2. The second tip we have is to strategically manage your reminders for an upcoming event!
Personalize your events to your liking. Every calendar platform gives you the ability to customize when you want to be notified for an upcoming event. Most of the time, calendars give you the ability to create more than one reminder or alert for each event. An example would be, “reminder of an upcoming event in 30 minutes.” Then it reminds you again 10 minutes before the event. However, some people are not a fan of getting multiple notifications regarding the same event. As a result, you can customize your calendar settings to just notify you 10 minutes before an event. We advise you to take into consideration how long it will take you to get ready for your upcoming event and set the reminder giving you just the right amount of time!
Can’t seem to get organized? Start applying these tips now! Take advantage of this time at home to create better calendar hygiene.
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