As a team, we are consistently adding special bonuses to our STEP Mastery program, and this month, we decided to hold a Digital Calendar Class!
I have been using Google Calendar for the past five years, and it has been my absolute favorite digital tool in my Command Central. In the Mastery bonus class, I shared all about how I have used this app (and website) to create a seamless system for managing my events, routines, and tasks.
Below, you’ll find the main points I shared during the call and in today’s podcast. I hope they are helpful to you!
(As a quick note, anyone that joins the STEP Mastery program by the end of January 2023 will receive access to this class AND be grandfathered in to any future classes that we hold for the community. You can learn more and/or sign up by clicking HERE!)
What actually goes on my calendar?
- Events – Where does my body need to be physically or virtually?
- Date-Specific Routines
- Rent payment on the first of every month
- Take the trash out every Monday evening
- Text a reminder to church youth group every Wednesday
- Date-Specific Next Actions or Tasks
- Buy an ingredient on Thursday for dinner with friends
- Call billing office 2 weeks after doctor’s appointment to get my receipt
At the end of the day, the main goal is to have a clutter-free calendar that feels light, manageable, and easy to access/use.
I also shared a little bit about how I like to personalize my calendar and make it extra colorful and fun. While this might not be for everyone, I have found it helpful to color code my personal, work, school, community/volunteer, and family items on my calendar. This can also be done by creating simple calendar layers within Google Calendar, for example, that can be easily switched on and off.
During the call, we also discussed the importance of creating routines around using and updating your digital calendar. There are two important questions to consider here:
- Do I have a routine for checking my calendar every day? (I like to check it in the morning and night, but I find myself looking at my calendar 5-10 times a day just to check in and make sure I’m on track.)
- Am I updating my calendar regularly? Whether you update your calendar each week during the Weekly Review or daily whenever new appointments/tasks come your way, this is such an important routine to establish, and this ensures that the calendar will always be reliable and up to date.
Finally, I shared a little bit about how I share events and entire calendars with my husband so that we can stay connected. When I hear about an event that I’d like to go to or when someone schedules an event with me (that also includes my husband), I will simply invite him to that one event and it will pop up on his calendar as if he created it himself.
We have also connected our Google Calendars so that I can see everything on his calendar and he can see everything on mine. I have the ability to switch his calendar on and off so that it does not become distracting to me, but I absolutely love being able to see when he’s available and what his schedule looks like each day.
I hope that these ideas have been helpful, and if you have any favorite calendar tricks or best practices, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Four Weeks to Finished starts on February 2, 2023! We’d love to have you join us in this personalized group coaching program, and you can click HERE for more information!
If you’d like to receive access to the full recording of this bonus class (and be grandfathered in for all future bonus classes for the Mastery community), you can join the STEP Mastery program by clicking HERE.
Finally, if you haven’t listened to our Organized Mindset audio series or downloaded our free One-Month Command Central calendar yet, you can click HERE for immediate access!