3 Ways My Free Google Calendar Saved Me

I was a single mom with 2 kids, 4 years apart. I was always needing to be on opposite ends of the school district for sports at the same time, literally minutes after I was supposed to be home from my corporate job. My life was insanity.

Keeping track of EVERYTHING I had to do was nigh impossible.

Who needed what for school.  What bills did I have to pay and when?  When were all of the kids’ activities?!  Wait, there was a birthday party too this Saturday?!

And, well, as a single mom, I had to account for every single incoming penny each paycheck.  

Google Calendar was just coming out and wasn’t quite as user-friendly as it is today (10-12 years ago...crap am I THAT old?!), but it was available anywhere I had an internet connection.  

Here are a few ways I made it work for me:

  1. Finances - I put in an all-day event on my calendar for each bill that was due, 5 days before it was due, with a reminder 2 days before that.  This allowed for me to shuffle money and make the payment on time every time, as they came due.

  2. Kids’ Activities - I put EVERYTHING into my calendar.  With each kid as a different color.  I could see at a glance who had things to do, and I could check my calendar from home or work (hey, smartphones weren’t a thing yet!)  Now I still use the same concept, but I just have my phone pull in the google calendar and sync automatically.

  3. Meal Planning - Because of being on the run, recurring meal planning was REALLY helpful!  It also helped with shopping and budgeting (bonus!).  So I picked a few weeks worth of menus and put them into the calendar as recurring all day events.  I didn’t have to have charts on the wall or chalkboards or any more clutter of papers hanging on my fridge!  (Now I can pull this up in the store, but then I had to do more manual list making!)

What free tools do you have that you use in your life or business that have really helped you get things done?


Jessica Hansen