Tackle It Tuesday – Importing iCals

by Guest Contributor

Tackle it Tuesday

Today we have another guest Tackle from Kati Chevaux, the Editor at Cozi.com, the #1 most popular family organizing app.

Read Kati’s earlier tackle with tips on managing your to-do lists here.

Do you use an online calendar or calendar app to keep track of your family schedule? If you do, you get to take advantage of a little secret to help you stay on top of important dates.

That secret is using Internet calendars to import holidays, the weather forecast, gardening task, moon phases, sports schedules, and more, right onto your calendar. And the best part is that someone else manages these calendars for you! All you need to do is import one or more (that’s easy) and then view the information right on your own calendar.

Here are some examples of Internet calendars (or iCals as they are also called) you might
want to add to your own calendar.

Weather

Wunderground.com is one of a few weather sites that offer a weather calendar so you can see the daily weather report right on your calendar. Go to your city’s page on wunderground.com and find “download iCal” in the share menu, along with Facebook, Twitter and RSS feed icons.

Gardening

Want to remember when to plant, when to prune, and when to harvest? Search for your region’s gardening Internet calendar, or use a general gardening guide from Martha Stewart.

School calendars

Our Cozi online calendar let’s you import your child’s school calendar so you can always have that early dismissal day or spring break week on your horizon.

Cozi also offers a Family Movie Release Dates calendar, holiday countdown calendars, a back to school countdown calendar, and more.

Cleaning the FlyLady way

Looking to keep your home and life organized? The FlyLady offers her Zone cleaning calendar and Missions as an Internet calendar. Find information on this page.

Want More?

Check out iCalshare.com for a large variety of free calendars to import. You’ll find holiday and religious calendars, music events, moon phases and even a calendar listing the events in American history.

Have fun!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week? Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Written by Guest Contributor Kati Chevaux, Editor at Cozi.com for publication at 5 Minutes for Mom.



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1 Julia June 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

This week i am in desperate need to organize my paperwork. I am creating an excel sheet to monitor my inventory of books and what has been sold. It’s a big project but i hope to get it done by the end of the week…!

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2 Susie's Homemade June 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

I use Google Calendar on my iPhone and it works like a charm. I like some of your suggestions though! I am going to have to check some of those movie things out:-)

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3 NCSue follows back June 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!
NCSue

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4 Bonnie June 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

Interesting. I am so scared to delve into an online calendar. WE are getting my husband a blackberry for Father’s Day (more for him to keep track of his own schedule) so maybe this would work then. Thanks for the info.

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5 Kati June 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hi Bonnie,

The Cozi Blackberry app will be ready soon so look for it after you get that Blackberry for your husband. It’ll make it easy to keep in touch about the calendar, and you can set up automatic reminders about important appointments. Let us know if you have any questions about Cozi! –Kati at Cozi

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6 Courtney June 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

I’m desperate to get organized before baby #2 comes. I have this feeling she’s going to turn me on my head! I’ll be giving these a try to see if I should add them to my arsenal…

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7 Carmen June 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I LOVE this post! I have the Cozi and use it to let my husband know whats going on when hes training. I also just downloaded the gardening martha stewart calendar. I JUST started gardening and God knows i need all the help i can get!

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8 Barb June 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

I tried Cozi before, as in before I had my laptop. I think at the time it didn’t work well on my phone, however I liked it better than Remember the Milk. I use Google calendar for my calendar, but not the task part because that didn’t work well for me either.

I do use the FlyLady so I’m going to try Cozi again and see how the partnership works with my particular zone lists. I would love to get the paper notebook off my calendar and electronically organized!

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