Untangling Your Messy Calendar

Keeping appointments and deadlines in a calendar is essential. Without one, unless you’ve got a fabulous memory (I don’t), things go bad quickly!

Unfortunately, many people still struggle with electronic calendar setup. This is how it usually happens:

  • They have a job before they start their business, and they use a calendar associated with their personal email for their personal life. That makes perfect sense.
  • They start a business and decide to keep business and personal lives separate (just like when they had a job). So they get a new email account for work, something like mybusinessname@gmail.com account. Now there are two calendars.
  • Then, sometimes, they get a “paid domain” email account (e.g., yourdomain.com). They get another calendar to go with that, and there are now three places to log into and three places to track.

I was one of these people until I decided it was time to consolidate everything in one place.

If there is resistance to this idea, it’s usually from people who want to keep their “work life” and “personal life” separate. I understand, but since there is only one you and only one place you can be at any one time, it makes more sense to keep everything in one place.

You can even have other people’s calendars show up (with their permission, of course). For example, I can toggle on and off some clients' calendars. This way, we can schedule meetings more easily, reducing confusion.

Sorting this out can take a little time, but I guarantee it’s worth it. Here’s how to start:

  1. Decide which calendar you’re going to use. Be sure to look a year ahead so you don’t miss any recurring events, like anniversaries and birthdays that might be months in the future. Open the other calendars and manually transfer your appointments or hire someone to migrate them.
  2. Ensure all calendar invites sent and received are done using the email address tied to this calendar.
  3. Ask other calendar owners, like your children, significant others and select clients, to “share” their calendars with you. If you use Google calendar, click here for step-by-step instructions; click here if you use Outlook.

When you’re finished with the consolidation, you’ll be able to access your calendar across all your devices, knowing that everything you need is in one place.

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