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7 Google Calendar Alternatives To Manage Your Time Like A Boss

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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.

1.Edo Agenda

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").

2.Cozi 

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.

3.24me

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.

4.Microsoft Outlook Calendar

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.

5.TimeBlocks

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.

6.Any.do

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.

7.TimeTree

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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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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