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Become A Productivity Ninja — Use An Online Calendar: Teamup

Become A Productivity Ninja — Use An Online Calendar: Teamup

One of the biggest struggles of working in a team is keeping track of updates and new developments. To be always in the loop, it’s best to monitor any movement in the organization that’s relevant to your team. With those alone (unfortunately there are others), I won’t blame you if you fret and worry. On a lighter note though, I have good news for you! An app suitably called Teamup, has you covered. Teamup makes it easy as frying eggs to schedule events and to share them with your team. That way, you can focus on more important tasks making you more productive.

Right off the bat I’ll point out something you’d be excited to know. If you’ve been using Google Calendar, you’ll feel comfortable with Teamup’s interface immediately. Like Google Calendar, you’ll see a mini calendar at the top left corner; right below it you’ll find a list of calendars; at the top-right you’re given options to check several calendar views. Lastly, on the remaining space you can view the actual calendar. A teammate pointed out something I didn’t notice: Teamup calendar looks more optimized compared to Google Calendar; it utilizes the big space Google throws away in its monstrous header. Moreover, I have observed, the general color scheme and the calender’s visual hierarchy is way clearer than Google Calendar.

Creating an event is a breeze

It’s easy to create a new event on Teamup. Just click on a specific date on the calendar where you want to schedule your event and a pop-up window will appear automatically (like the one shown below). Then you can add any detail you need to include; bits of information such as a topic, attendees, venue, duration, and all the details you need to show your teammates can be filled in easily.

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If an event you added recurs you can indicate this and Teamup will offer a number of options. You can also add a description for your event with simple formatting available in the editor and more customization is allowed using the HTML.

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    You can get images online or from Dropbox and insert them into your calendar. If you’d like to have more options, you can upgrade to Premium. Premium Members can upload directly to Teamup from other applications like Google Drive or Instagram or straight from their computer. This is pretty handy for those who want all their materials kept in one central area. It allows other users to access everything they need from one place.

    A feature I hope the app will develop is the option to add custom fields. While the option can’t be had yet, it will not totally turn you off. It will not give you a reason not to use this App altogether, either. But if the creators of Teamup can make way for it to happen then they can continue to lead the pack of online calendar providers. However, users and would be users can be comforted by the fact that most calendar tools don’t offer this feature, either.

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    Numerous views and multiple calendars

    While you can choose to view all calendars at once, you can also decide not to view the others that are not relevant at a given time. During such times, you can toggle each particular calendar on and off as you need to. Isn’t this a great feature? You can easily pull out the ones you need for a particular time and you can leave out those that are not needed. When the situation requires you to check all calendars, you have the freedom to do so. This applies to each user via cookies, not via URL. This means, each user can view what they exactly want to check at any given time.

    Based on the people I have interviewed, one of the app’s most popular qualities is the way it’s designed to make it easy for users to share calendars with teammates or anybody they choose to. No registration is required. All you need is a unique URL. (When you create a calendar and you save it, you’ll be given a unique URL). These links can be altered depending on the permissions you wish to grant to each team member. Example: one link can allow a user to modify the calendar. Another link can designate a read-only permission to another member.

    In case you have multiple calendars, you can also alter the permission levels for each calendar. And this can be all done from the same link. With this feature, you can grant someone access to one calendar and opt to hide another. Sharing your calendars with other people is so simple and quick.

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      A unique feature: Share events as webpages

      Another feature everybody is talking about is Teamup’s share any individual event independently (without sharing the whole calendar). Yup, calendars are not the only items you can share; you can also share any entry from the calendar as a stand-alone event with a unique web URL. How to do it? click or right-click any event title, then click Share – as page. Simple, baby! You can check a step by step guide here.

      Subscription Plans and pricing

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      Depending on your team’s requirements, you can pick one from several plans. What’s good about Teamup is that for all plans including the Basic Plan, there’s unlimited number of users. Regarding sub-calendars, though, it’s where Premium and Plus Plans have advantages. You can see the specifics on the screenshot (from Teamup’s website) featured here.

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          The more expensive plans have longer duration for your calendar’s data history. And if you want an additional layer of privacy protection, you can opt to get the Plus or Premium Plans. The Basic Plan and Special Introductory Plan don’t have this feature. Another added feature for the Premium Plan is the ability to upload files.

          The Introductory Special Plan offers up to 10 sub-calendars, a year of historical data and the scheduler view. If you sign up now, you’ll get this for free on a continuous basis. Simply put, it’s forever. So … if you’re considering Teamup, it’s best not to delay registering to secure those handy extras.

          Most of the people I have talked to regarding using online calendars say if they are satisfied with the calendar they use, they can concentrate more on personal and team productivity. So far, among all the calendars they have tried, Teamup Calendar stands out from the crowd, most especially regarding its being user friendly and its share-centric qualities.

          Featured photo credit: Macbook Computer/VFS Digital Design via imcreator.com

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          Published on September 20, 2018

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

          Minimizing Tabs

          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

          Incognito Mode

          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

          Save Webpages as PDF Files

          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

          Open Recently-closed Tabs

          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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          Solve Mathematical Problems

          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

          Play Media Files

          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

          Stay Focus(e)d

          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

          Grammarly for Editing

          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

          Loom

          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

          Chrome Calendar Extension

          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

          Final Thoughts

          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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