Late one night during the Blogathon, my head hurt from trying to map out my writing, obligations, including 31 days of posts! (And — ahem — that was 31 more posts than I’d written in the previous 31 days…if you get my drift.)
Thankfully the blogging and Google gods tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear: “Fear not, weary blogger! Why don’t you set up a Google calendar?”
And, thankfully I listened. Here are the three reasons I love my Google calendar:
1. Manage multiple calendars. I have two Google calendars — one for our family events (Hello! Four people, that’s a lot of here, there and everywhere to manage.) And, one calendar for my writing projects. One of the most beautiful things about Google calendar is that you can choose to manage and display one calendar or as many of your Google calendars as you wish at once. Big deadline on the same day as a baseball game? Hmmm…time to plan ahead. Need to just focus on the writing life at the moment? Hide the other calendar from your view.
2. Access your calendar anywhere. I love that I can access my Google calendar from the library, from my living room or sitting at my desk in my home office. If I could figure it out, I could also access it from my Smartphone but neither I nor my phone are that smart. Yet.
3. Use reminders to prevent the balls from dropping. You can request that your new BFF (aka Google calendar) sends a reminder to your email for things you want to remember. This year, as in years past, there are amazing prizes for those who complete the Blogathon. In order to be entered to win, you must blog all 31 days. This is when my Google calendar reminders came in very handy. In my posting calendar I set up reminders each day. Based on the reminder text, I knew if I was finished with the post and it was scheduled to publish, or if that day’s post was one I still needed to write.
Personally, I love it when a piece of technology can do the heavy lifting in my memory to free up some space in my mind for a little creativity! And that’s exactly what I’ve found in Google Calendars.