Using Google Calendar to Organize the Family

For many families (and some busy individuals), getting a handle on one or more calendars can become taxing. If you don’t use a calendar at all and you still find that you are more effective than most then it’s time to look at publishing your own best-seller. The truth is, most of us don’t have the mental capacity to keep all of that information in our heads and remember it with any sort of success rate.

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That’s where using Google calendars can become invaluable. I am both cursed and blessed with something called ADD. For those who are familiar with it that means there are flashes of brilliance mired by terrible follow through. Having a family calendar help get everyone on the same page and keep them there. While I have issues with the way that Gmail can work sometimes, the calendar feature is has been way more useful to me. Everyone is going to use it differently so I’ll provide the links I’ve used in the past when tweaking things instead of reinventing the well.

I’ve included some resources below that should prove helpful. I didn’t want to reinvent to wheel. When it comes to getting things working smooth with your iPhone or mobile device then that can be a different issue and if there’s interest in that I’ll be glad to point to some resources for that. Hopefully, this will give you enough information to want to check out that Google calendars has to offer. And hopefully you will take it to the level of sharing a calendar between more than one person (spouse) and improve coordination.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/12/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-set-up-a-truly-useful-calendar/
http://blog.fosketts.net/2010/04/18/how-to-share-google-calendar-caldav/
http://www.ehow.com/how_4550316_manage-family-schedule-google-calendar.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_4752900_organize-whole-family-google-calendar.html
http://lifehacker.com/5611457/use-multiple-google-calendars-to-balance-your-college-life

Updated 12/05/13:

Another handy link: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en&ref_topic=13950

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