creating shared Google Calendars


From day one of our friendship, Dan has had a busy, irregular schedule. There were those times when he sat in his room all day and watched recorded lectures online instead of going to them. That was nice. But most other times, I have been simply unable to remember when he was working, when he had classes, when he had school events, or when he was meeting for some men-only time. 

Some time shortly after we started dating, it was suggested to us that we both create and share Google Calendars. It has been one of the best things we’ve done for our relationship. And it was so sanity-saving for me!

It took a while for me to transition from my portable paper planner to Google Calendar. Up until I started work after graduating, I still had to use both. Google Calendar, unfortunately, is not super practical for putting in reminders about the twenty papers you have to write in one week. (At least not for me.)

We sometimes still need to remind each other to add things to the calendar. But, having seen how good it’s been for us, we both do it willingly.

Now that I’m not working and Dan is working full-time, Google Calendar has been absolutely perfect for us. And it was really great in the years prior to this. It’s the best tool we have for making time to spend together outside of our home. (More on this tomorrow!)

How to create a Google Calendar:

  1. Create a Google account, if you don’t already have one.
  2. Go to Google Calendar.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of “My calendars.”
  4. Select “Create new calendar.”
  5. Enter your info!
  6. “Create calendar.”

How to share a Google Calendar with a specific person: 

  1. While viewing your calendar, hover over your calendar name on the lefthand side.
  2. Click the arrow to the right, and “Share this Calendar.”
  3. Enter the email address of the person with which you want to share.
  4. Choose the privacy settings from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click “Add Person.”
  6. Save!


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