I just went through the process of interviewing candidates for the station manager job at CFUR Radio. It was a pretty extensive question line touching on lots of different areas, and we got a diversity of answers on most questions. But there was one question that had an identical answer every time.
When asked how they organize multiple projects with multiple deadlines and plan each day every person answered: Google Calendar. On their computer, and more importantly on their phone.
The funny thing is, the process they then described is the exact same one I have. You have meeting or a deadline, you add it to your calendar. You then sync it to your phone, so you’ll get an alert on there. And, if necessary, set it up so you get an email sent to you in advance.
Google Calendar has been a boon to me. I use it for my personal life as well as my professional. I don’t think my set up is particularly unique, but I figured I’d share it anyways.
I have three main calendars.
For recurring events, like paying bills, or non-scheduled tasks (like write up a draft budget) I tend to use Remember the Milk as a “to-do” list. But I use its Google Calendar apps, so it’s on there, as well. All in all, it’s a huge boon to me in terms of organizing my life, and from the sounds of things, I’m not alone.
I’m interested if you have any tricks or calendars you find particularly useful, as well.
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