In the simplest life hack we'll ever provide, we are proud to inform you that today, it is Friday. As the blog Science of Us pointed out, yesterday was Thursday. More helpfully, they explained why it's so hard to mentally keep track of the days during a short workweek, such as the one we're currently wrapping up.
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If you use Gmail and Google Calendar, planning an event over email should be easy, but it can be annoying to jump back and forth between the two apps to check your availability. Now, it looks as though Google finally has a solution to this first-world problem, and you'll find it in a major update coming to Gmail's desktop view.
A few years ago I discovered Trello, and how I organise things hasn't been the same since. If you're not familiar, Trello is a digital tool that essentially allows you to create lists of items, where each item is an individual card. This week I came across another service that caught my attention with a similar look: Sunsama. It's a calendar app built to look and feel like Trello, and I'm pretty stoked on it.
Do you feel as though your social life is out of control? Maybe you (or your kids) have events every evening, when all you want to do is spend a quiet night at home. Maybe you feel like you're spending too much time "touching base" and "picking brains" with people you aren't close to, and not enough time with your friends. Maybe your in-laws want you to spend every Sunday having dinner with them, and you... don't.
If there's one reliable truth in this harsh capitalist world, it's this: Everyone loves free stuff. Enjoying the finer (and free-er) things is an innocent enough source of joy, but unfortunately, marketers are onto us all. What, you thought it was a coincidence that every product is now trying to package itself under a "subscription service" model, and is also trying to lure you in with a "free trial" that just so happens to still require you to dole out your credit card info?
Gmail and Google Calendar integration is an embarrassment. Gmail can never recognise all the crucial event info, and to fix it you have to open up Google Calendar in a new tab, defeating the purpose. Thankfully there are third-party fixes, such as Pod for Gmail, which recognises event info and loads it into a full calendar event right inside your Gmail window.
The New York Times just released a calendar even more useful than its astronomical event calendar. The NYT 2018 book events calendar, available for Google or Apple, includes highly anticipated book releases from authors like Zadie Smith and Dave Eggers, plus events, literary anniversaries, and releases of movies based on popular books like Ready Player One and Where'd You Go, Bernadette?.
While you wait seven years for America's next total solar eclipse, check out the New York Times calendar of astronomical events. Subscribe and never miss another meteor shower, rocket launch, or solstice.
My mirror doesn't come to life and tell me about the rest of my day when I walk in bleary-eyed to the bathroom, as much as I wish it did. An always-on dashboard relaying to me my calendar appointments and the weather would both help me start my day with a better understanding of what I need to get done, and keep me from walking through the city in the rain. Fortunately, with a little tinkering you can turn whatever devices you have lying around into your own DIY status board.
iOS: If This Then That (IFTTT), one of our favourite automation services, introduced support for both the iOS Calendar and App Store today.
iOS: Moleskine's Timepage calendar is surprisingly one of the best calendar apps on the iPhone because it takes a very design-centric approach to a normally boring type of app. Now, that app's available for the iPad.