25 Helpful Google Calendar Hacks You’re Probably Not Using 76

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This is a guest post by Reuben Yonatan, the founder of GetVoIP, a leading VoIP provider comparison resource. As an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, Reuben’s expertise is in helping small to mid-size business owners build, maintain, and scale their communication infrastructure.

Google Calendar is a powerful tool capable of reaping rich rewards for both individuals and businesses as a whole.

Organization is one of the most important qualities of a business and it is also a vital characteristic for an individual to possess if they wish to be successful.

Advancements made in technology and software have made it possible to become more and more organized and in-sync with your fellow coworkers and business partners, and Google Calendar is one of the most useful and widely-used tools in the modern era for this purpose.

Below are some of the best tips and practices from GetVoIP that will help you get the most out of Google Calendar and boost your productivity and organization.

1. Finding the right time that works for everyone.

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Setting a time to hold important meetings or discussions can be difficult when everyone has so much on their plate.

With Google Calendar, you can check not only your free dates in the future but also those of your coworkers, helping you to find the perfect time for everyone and avoid clashing dates.

2. Customize your calendar view.

Everyone has specific habits and types that work for them, and this is no different when it comes to planning an organization. Google Calendar allows you to customize the view so it fits just right, including altering the number of days that will show on your calendar.

You can click and drag the date range or choose the number of days to show in the custom view menu.

3. Don’t worry about being offline.

If you find staying connected throughout the day a struggle, you need not worry anymore.

You can continue to update your calendar if you’re without internet access and it will automatically update everything you have done as soon as you get connected.

4. Quick Add to save time.

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Busy professionals can use the Quick Add function to save time, especially if you’re adding multiple inputs at once. This function allows you to simply type in your event details and it will do everything else for you.

5. Event Notifications to your phone.

Handheld smartphones are becoming an increasingly powerful weapon in any professional’s arsenal.

Google Calendar allows instant updates on your phone so you can stay in the loop when you’re away from your desk. This is especially helpful if you don’t have the Google Calendar app installed on your device.

6. Countdown clock for meetings.

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Those who find it tough to stay on schedule will find the countdown clock invaluable. This little icon appears on your calendar and gives you a countdown to keep you on track, vital for those with time-keeping problems or with unreliable memories. It is one of the best Google Calendar Labs add-ons.

7. Plan for the weather.

This tool also allows you to incorporate the weather into your schedule.

In the Settings menu, you can choose to display weather icons on your calendar, important if you’re a regular traveler or holding events and meetings outdoors.

8. Keep in sync with your colleagues.

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Another great function of Google Calendar Labs is to be able to see which of your colleagues are free or busy at particular times.

This is helpful for larger companies where you may not all be working in the same room.

This requires employees to share calendars for it to work effectively.

9. Trim and Customize your hours.

In order to trim down your calendar and keep it tidy, you can customize which hours to show and which to omit.

For example, if you’re never going to be working in the early hours of the morning, you can remove these from your calendar.

10. Time around the world.

Professionals working on a global scale will value the ability to keep track of time in different time-zones. This makes it much easier for you to plan meetings with colleagues and clients across the world.

11. Appointment slots.

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The ability to send out appointment slots to colleagues and clients is invaluable if you’re a busy people-person.

This function allows you to show exactly what times you are available at to make it far easier for both parties to arrive at a suitable time.

You can see the rest of the Google Calendar hacks at GetVoIP’s site. Google is always updating and adding features, so be sure to stay in the loop keep aware of all of the new changes.


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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.