The process of getting groups together, even small ones, for meetings or even for social activities is a massive time suck. Mixed messages and long email threads all conspire to drive organizers crazy. Herding cats is easier than getting 4 school chums to a lunch!

What you don’t need are those scheduling headaches. What you do need to stop them is Doodle.

Scheduling groups

If you need to plan an event, a meeting, or any get-together, simply create a poll in Doodle. Something along the lines of “When can you make a birthday dinner?” or “website refresh planning session” — then you give the participants several choices. Participants enter their choices on the poll, indicating which days and times work for them. The organizer is then left with the results of the poll and can choose the best time for the majority of the participants.

In a word: brilliant!

No more “when are you available” emails

You can use it on a one-on-one basis as well. How many times have you crafted an email outlining options for a meeting or coffee appointment with the following criteria?

“I am free thursday morning, but not at 9:30, the afternoon is free after 2pm, friday is wide open.”

Doodle can help you stop those wordy emails with a feature called “MeetMe”. This feature will let you offer your meeting partner(s) the option to select from your free time. Friends and co-workers can even use the MeetMe option to request a meeting with you.

Doodle has connectivity with most calendar and contact systems, including Outlook, iCal, and Google Calendar. Events are automatically exchanged between the two systems.

Check out what I have to say on this great app in the video below:

There is a free version of Doodle with fairly full-featured functionality, and there are also 3 tiers of premium service. The premium services start at $39 a year, and includes the obligatory lack of advertising, customization options, and mobile features.

Doodle is an app that makes sense and makes your life easier. What more could you ask for?

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