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Have you ever stumbled upon those sleek digital planners that not only let you jot down your tasks but also sync seamlessly with Google Calendar? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered, “How on earth do they do that?” Well, after a bit of digging and experimenting, I’ve cracked the code. And guess what? It’s simpler than you might think!
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Step 1: The Inspiration
Digital planners are all the rage these days. But what caught my eye was the ability of some of these planners to set reminders directly on Google Calendar. Imagine having a planner that, with a single tap, takes you straight to your Google Calendar to set an appointment. That’s the magic I wanted to recreate.
Step 2: The Google Calendar Link Generator
Your first stop is Google. Simply search for “Google calendar link generator.” You’ll find a few options, but for our purposes, I found a versatile tool that not only caters to Google Calendar but also other platforms like Outlook, Yahoo, and AOL. Handy, right?
Step 3: Crafting the Link
Once you’re on the link generator site, you’ll notice various fields. For those creating or selling digital planners, it’s best to leave these fields empty. This allows the end-user to customize it according to their preferences.
If you’re aiming for an all-day event link, just select the date you want the link for (let’s say June 16th for this example). No need for descriptions or other details. Simply generate and copy the link!
For those wanting more granularity, like setting reminders for specific times, you can specify the exact time and even set intervals (like every 30 minutes).
Step 4: Integrating with GoodNotes
Now, let’s bring this to life in our digital planner. For this example, I’m using GoodNotes, but the process should be similar in other apps.
- Open your planner in GoodNotes.
- Add a text (this could be the date or any other reference).
- Right-click (or long hold on an iPad) on the text and select ‘Link.’
- Paste the link you generated earlier.
To test, simply tap on the linked text. A prompt will ask if you want to open the link. Once you confirm, voila! You’re taken straight to Google Calendar, ready to set your appointment for June 16th.
While it might seem a tad tedious, especially if you’re integrating this into a comprehensive planner, the convenience it offers is unparalleled. No more toggling between apps. Just a simple tap, and you’re scheduling away on Google Calendar.
Thanks for joining me on this little tech adventure!