Hey Lifehacker, I am a fly-in fly-out worker and live in a share house with a few other FIFO workers. Our work schedules often change and it can be tricky keeping track of who will be in the house and when. What is the best software/app to create a shared calender that is easy for all of us to update with our movements? Thanks, OuttaTime
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For a simple solution, we’d suggest creating a shared Google Calendar which is accessible to everyone. No matter what smartphone your housemates are using — I’m imagining it’s a given under the circumstances that everyone has one — a Google calendar should be easy to add. (This advice is applicable to any share house, actually.)
To create a shared calendar from within the browser, log into Google, click on the settings cog in the top right corner and choose ‘Settings’. Go to the ‘Calendars’ tab and click on ‘Create new calendar’. After giving it a name, description and location, share it with your housemates by adding their email address and giving each one access to ‘Make changes to events’. That then makes the calendar accessible from any browser or mobile phone. (The recipients don’t even need a Gmail account.) Each housemate can add their periods at the house, including details of the flights they use if you like.
The biggest challenge with shared calendars is getting people to update them, but at least this approach eliminates having to install a separate app on your phone. If anyone has specific apps to recommend, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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