A Consultants Dream Tool for Managing Schedules

Not so long ago I wrote an article — FINALLY Get a Handle on Your Gmail with Baydin — on how to … well, get a handle on your email of course! Lately I began to explore a few of the other tools this awesome company offers. I really needed a tool that would manage my calendar a bit better when it came to suggesting availability and meeting times.

Sure I’ve looked into such tools as Time Trade, Tungle.me, and Check Appointments – all great tools. But here is where they always fell short. My schedule is constantly changing. I’m always adding on new trainings, participating in joint ventures, and of course there always seem to be a last minute school event I need to attend for my kids.

Using something that I can easily integrate with my Google Calendar and that provides flexibility so I have more control on how I share my schedule is important to me. I felt the tools above involved a lot more work on my part to keep my schedule up-to-date ahead of time; as well as it was yet another tool I had to manage.

Plus I wanted to create a system that my virtual assistant could easily implement when interacting with my prospective leads, clients, and business associates. A tall order I know.

It wasn’t until recently that I found something that was super simple to use, integrated with all my Google Calendar, and didn’t cost me a monthly fee – although I don’t object to paying for services that support you in your business growth. 😉

After spending a very short amount of time on this tool, I knew it would be a tool I’d use as a long-term solution. One of my biggest frustrations as a business owner has been that there are SO many resources and tools (free and paid) available to you and often times it’s a challenge trying to figure out which ones are the best for me and my business. Just because an application is great doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best one for your business.

Ultimately you end up spending hours learning how to use this new tool, often times making a monetary investment in it as well, use it for a few weeks, and then never to use it again (or sparingly in the best case scenario). What a waste time and money!

Note to software programmers out there that may be reading this: Keep it SUPER SIMPLE! We are so inundated with so much content and options that doing the simplest task has become overwhelming.

And to  my fellow service professionals: All the bells and whistles of a new application are great, but if you are not going to use them NOW or in the very near future, don’t factor in those added features when making a decision on whether or not to use it. Know what you want to accomplish first, and look for the simplest and most effective tool that will do if for you … and then stick with it!

On that note, if you currently have a system that is working for you, don’t spend your precious time constantly shopping around looking for “new and improved” options. “If it ain’t broke ….”

Without further ado, here’s a quick tutorial on how to use Baydin’s Boomerang Calendar.

To get started, you’ll have to download Boomerang Calendar and give it permission to allow it to access your Gmail account:

Boomerang Calendar permission

Check out the video below on tips on how to best use this service:

 What do you think of Boomerang Calendar? Something you’d use?

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