“There’s not enough hours in the day!” We’ve all been there. Our calendars are packed with more events than hoarders have newspapers. And that’s just work. Kids’ schedules, spouse’s work schedule, church meetings, birthdays, home and car maintenance, etc, etc.; it’s amazing we get anything accomplished. But with the help of our smartphones and cloud services, it’s getting much easier.
The staff members here at applevangelist.com have never been mistaken for Type A personalities. With the help of our iDevices and iCloud, however, it’s safe to say we run a tight ship. How do we do it? Its easier than you think.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain a calendar on your iPhone or iPad. The interface is fairly intuitive and provides some robust alert, attendee, and repeated event functions. From any Apple device you can create new calendars and name them whatever you want for additional organization.
Find the Calendar App on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac and tap the “Calendars” button. Select “Edit” then “Add calendar”. Here you can name the calendar and assign it a color. All events show up in a unified calendar, color-coded for your reference. The better distinguished your calendars are (work, home, kids, church, etc) the easier it is to share only the info you need to with other people. And with iCloud you only need to create once and it appears on any other Apple device.
Now the use cases are endless, but we’ll present the simplest, most familiar scenario where calendar sharing comes in handy and leave the rest to your imagination:
Dad is on the go at work and relies heavily on his iPhone. Meetings and travel are continually being added to his calendar. He also keeps track of when the car needs an oil change or tires rotated, when the yard will be treated, and the last time the air conditioner vent was cleaned.
Mom has her own work schedule to maintain but also keeps a separate calendar for kid’s soccer games, piano lessons, parent teacher conferences, and other parties.
It’s easy to see that even with the best of efforts, some minor breakdown in communication will lead to a major catastrophe, scheduling-wise. They need a way to view and modify each other’s calendars. Now nothing is 100%, but with a few mouse clicks, Mom and Dad could have each other’s calendars for reference with iCloud.
It’s as easy as logging in to iCloud.com, navigating to calendars, clicking the radio button next to the calendar you want to share, then entering the iCloud address of the person you want to share it with.
You can choose to only let the people you share with view your calendar or give them access to modify it. It’s that easy. Share it with as many as you like. Once the invitation is sent, the other user will have to accept the invite. After that it will be available on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac; anywhere they login with that iCloud account.
Beyond the home, this functionality could extend to school, civic organizations, and church scheduling. As we said the possibilities are vast.
Want to simplify your life? Use iCloud to its full potential.