Today I sent out the email that you needed to redo your calendars… I was feeling bad that people had to do all this extra work, but it is an inevitable part of using technology. Nothing ever works perfectly the first time. Actually, that applies to just about anything in life, right? Then why do we seem to get more frustrated with technology? I think it’s because when technology works, it’s pretty incredible, so we expect it to always be that incredible. The disappointment is thus greater when it doesn’t work.
But while we are on the subject, I thought I would share some other things about calendars that you might find useful:
1. Calendars on your phone.
Do you have a smartphone? Does it sync with your school or personal calendars? This is probably the #2 thing that I use my iPhone for (after texting). Recommendation for iPhone users:
- Built in Calendar app – go to settings to add an account. If you are using your go.oes.edu account, select “Gmail”, and then type in your email as email@example.com.
- Use CalenGoo ($6.99 – the most expensive app I own) – it actually looks like Google calendars and works great. It will add all your calendars (the Calendar app won’t) and will sync with iCal. I like it WAY better than Calendar.
- This is where you can actually make the technology smarter than you because it remembers to do everything on time. When you make a new event, edit details, add a reminder. It can send you an email or pop up on your screen (or on your iPhone) the week, day, hour, minute before your event.
- Instead of viewing by week, you can look at the days in a list. I don’t use this much, but what do you think?
- Up by settings, click the gear wheel and select labs.
- Enable “Event Flair” and Save.
- Select your event and add flair!