Unlike crushing on Michael B. Jordan, Google Calendar isn't for everyone. There are plenty of people who rely on this time management app to guide every fraction of their lives, but there are just as many people who are looking for something else.
When it comes to managing my time (because we're not wasting any of it in 2020 right?), I've used Google Calendar for my own to-do list and digital personal assistant. But one of the cons I quickly discovered was that even though the idea of synching my Gmail with my calendar is nice in theory, it makes it even more difficult to have a work/life balance. It also became even more difficult to read what I actually had going on when I added what seemed like too many appointments and meetings (sis is trying to stay booked and busy).
Fortunately, there are plenty of Google Calendar alternatives that help us navigate our time just right.
To be honest, I had never heard of this app until I started my search for a legit time management app. I was pleasantly surprised! Not only does it have efficient color codes and a clean interface, but it's really user friendly. I feel like it was developed with freelancers like me in mind. So if you're trying to juggle and balance a ton of your life's responsibilities, this could be the app for you (there's a reason it's the self-proclaimed "all-in-one organizer").
Many families rely on Cozi to help manage their time. Whether you're a single mom, or a woman who has to keep up with your own schedule, as well as your significant other's, your children's, your boss, and so on, Cozi will keep you sane. It also lets you share your schedule with others like babysitters and family members. The cool thing is all members have an assigned color, so it helps you monitor everything on everyone's plate.
When keeping up with multiple calendars (i.e. family, work, friends, self-care) is the goal, 24me is the app to try. Instead of using multiple apps with various organization and time management functions, 24me can do it all. If you want to take your productivity even further, as your "smart personal assistant", 24me can sync with your bank account, electric company, and of course social media.
This is a go-to for many working women. It's arguably one of the most professional options as many companies use it to schedule meetings, inform employees about upcoming events, and even celebrate office birthdays. It also pairs perfectly with Outlook email addresses, so you don't have to use your personal Gmail, Yahoo!, etc. emails to sync. So you're completely offline when you walk out of the office.
For those who need a clear, visual view of their day, week, and month, TimeBlocks is the move. While it has the same capabilities as most of the other time management apps on this list (color coding), this one stands out because it includes stickers to serve as an even bigger visual reminder of your upcoming plans. From a birthday cake to a travel bag for a much-needed vacation, TimeBlocks has proven to be more than surface aesthetic.
If you're looking for something simple without all the extra razzle dazzle, the award-winning app Any.do could be the app for you. Dubbed "the secret weapon of successful people", it's a win for those who just want to know the date, where they need to be, and what time. Of course, there are ways to add a little extra flair like choosing your own theme.
TimeTree is basically your own personal assistant at your fingertips. This app doesn't just have you create an event, select a time, place and color, and go on about your day -- it also has multiple calendar options like personal, relationship, work, family, friends and group. The friends' calendar is definitely a favorite as it includes ways to talk about upcoming plans and figuring out a date where everyone in the group is free. This is also a great app for those who want to share their own calendars and need to keep up with someone else's schedule.
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