No matter how digital the world gets, I will always be a paper and pen girl, especially when it comes to keeping track of my own life.

At the start of each year, I get such joy from choosing a new diary to see me through the next 12 months. All those fresh white pages just waiting to come to life with birthdays, social events, appointments and to-do lists.

My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. A true techie, he is always trying to encourage me to use Google calendar so that we can keep track of events we are both attending.

I can’t deny that there is some sense to his way of thinking. It would be nice not to have to constantly remind him that we have a wedding next month or what week we are going on holiday! 

But, I still won’t do it. I can’t see myself ever giving up the paper diary

There is one exception, however. At work, a digital calendar has to be the best solution. 

And I have to hand it to the guys at Google. Far more intuitive than Outlook ever was, Google calendar has become the ideal tool for managing our work schedules. 

Here at Equinet, we all have gmail accounts, so naturally, we all use Google calendar. As well as each member of the team having their own calendar, we also have a ‘Company Calendar’, under which we schedule all company-wide meetings, social events, birthdays, and holidays.

But, are we making the most of Google calendar’s features?

This handy tip sheet from HubSpot highlights 18 Google calendar features, both new and updated, that promise to make you more productive

There are definitely some features I didn't even know were there in the first place. Next time I need to arrange a meeting with several people, instead of having to ask them all individually what time would suit them best, I can get Google to do it for me by using the “Find a time” or “Suggested times” features. The keyboard shortcuts are pretty handy too.