Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Working Wednesdays: The Use of Google Calendar and Reminders

Okay, crude naming conventions aside, I want to talk about how I have built up a much more consistent writing schedule through Google Calendar’s appointment system.
In the past, I have had trouble focusi... [50 minutes of reading]
In the past, I have had trouble focusing. I would work when time allowed, and I let pretty much anything take priority over my writing. Bowling one night, watching a movie the next. Hell, even things like not-doing-a-damn-thing-on-the-computer started to take over.
I needed a reminder, set at a time of day that is usually open, that would tell me to get started. To let me know what I was supposed to be working on that day, and in a no bullshit way, to write my daily word goal.
I knew that Google had some decent apps for time management. Calendar can sync easily with your phone, computer, and pretty much anything else with a browser, but I didn’t really start using it to its potential until I uncovered the reminder system. 
Also, if you don’t use gmail, get off my website you filthy communist. I hope your AOL,, and 16 other toolbars eat your Internet Explorer 5 browser. You’re only excused if your name has its own domain behind it. 
Six days a week, a reminder is sent to me, usually as I am walking through the door of my house. Depending on the day, it can be as simple as “Write 1,000 words” or “Finish Wednesday’s blog post. On days where there are multiple tasks, I will set the reminders to come at different times in an effort to keep me more on schedule.
The process is simple. Create a new appointment, edit the event, and add an SMS reminder to be sent to your phone. It only takes a few seconds, and is well worth the effort.
This isn’t the be all end all of time management of course. I’d love to hear what the rest of you are using. Hit up the comments section and let me know.

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