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Achieve Next Level Time Management with These Top 10 iPhone Calendar Apps

Achieve Next Level Time Management with These Top 10 iPhone Calendar Apps


    As with a number of native iPhone utilities, the default calendar app may be adequate for the individual who’s looking for a simple basic calendar application. However, it’s not extensive enough for those of us who are looking for more advanced features, more ability to customize, and a wider application in our calendar app need to look for a more fully featured alternative application. For those of you who need more than what the native iPhone calendar can offer, I’ve compiled a list of some of the top 10 iPhone calendar apps to help you take the calendar experience on your iPhone to a whole new level.

    1. Pocket Informant – $6.99

    Pocket Informant may just be the top of the heap in iPhone calendar apps. It offers powerful functionality with a fully integrated calendar, task list, contacts, and most recently the ability to add notes. One of the most compelling features of pocket informant is its compatibility with both the GTD and Franklin Covey task management systems. It supports syncing with Google Calendars, ToodleDo, Outlook, and the native iPhone calendar. It also allows color-coding by category and includes customizable views: month, week, day, list view and the today screen, location mapping for events, reminders and recurrences and templates for creating events. Its price may make it more expensive than many of the other apps, but if you need all of its extensive arsenal of features, it’s worth the cost.

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    2. MiCal – $1.99

    MiCal has a neatly designed dashboard style welcome screen that allows you to see all of your events on all of your calendars in one single view. MiCal also has some unique features such as a detailed 3-day weather forecast, GPS location tagging for events and the ability to sync Facebook events. MiCal offers an optional task list add-on as an in-app purchase. Some of its other features allow you to invite event attendees via email, export events in iCal format to share with other MiCal users, show event address in map view, sync with native iPhone calendar, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and Facebook Events. A fantastic calendar app at a low price.

    3. Week Calendar – $1.99

    As with the most of the other calendar apps, it offers multiple views, compatibility with iCloud, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and CalDAV , color coding and event sharing. Where Week Calendar excels is in its ease of use. Move events easily by dragging and dropping, link contacts to events quickly, use batch editing. It also allows you to map locations, share events via email and hide hours of the day you don’t need to see. Its low price makes it a good buy.

    4. Calvetica – $2.99

    Calvetica has many of the common features of other calendar apps. It syncs with multiple platforms, integrates contacts, allows batch editing, drag and drop, color coding, templates, customized alarms and recurrences. It also features a snooze option, email sharing, attendee management, location mapping, and a 24-hour format. One of its more unique features is its Windows 7 style appearance. At its low price, it’s another good buy.

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    5. Awesome Calendar – $2.99

    Awesome Calendar has an attractive interface, multiple views, task integration and includes the ability to create notes and add photos. You can even add “stickers” to events. Awesome Calendar allows you to share events and group tasks. It syncs with iCloud, Outlook, Google Calendar, Exchange, and CalDAV. It also displays a localized current 4-day weather forecast

    6. CalenGoo – $6.99

    CalenGoo is not a newcomer to the app field and continues to be a great way to use Google Calendar and Google tasks on your iPhone. It allows Google users to view and edit events offline, matches color-coding to your Google Calendar and enables multiple calendar management, allows users to invite people to events and see their status. It’s a bit pricey, but might be a solid, stable option for those who just need to sync with their Google Calendar.

    7. Cozi – Free

    Cozi is an iPhone companion to its web-based calendar management system. It’s an especially useful solution for families. Although Cozi only uses a list view, it gives you a color-coded view categorized according to family member. It also includes shopping lists, to-do lists, and a journal to record memorable events with photos. It syncs with Outlook and also has the ability to sync with its Android app to keep all family members in the loop. It allows families to share, add, edit, and cross off items on shopping lists, to-do lists, and entries in the journal. Whether you’re looking for a family solution or not, it’s worth a look. You can’t beat free.

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    8. Agenda – $.99

    Agenda attempts to strip away the information you don’t need and provide a sleek, usable interface. It has twelve different layouts and allows fast event creation. Agenda supports syncing with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange using the local IOS calendar. You can quickly send an email or text message to update event status and share events. It also has a unique “Goal View” for tracking goals. Despite its paired down features its low price makes it an attractive option.

    9. GoCal – $2.99

    For those oldies out there, GoCal supports all iOS devices since the beginning, but it also makes use of the newer retina display. It has a day, month, and “What’s Next” view. It allows you to invite attendees, and create text reminders. Unfortunately, you cannot create repeating events, but if you can live with that, and have an older IOS device this is a good option.

    10. Calendars – $6.99

    Rounding out the list is Readdle’s Google Calendar client. It syncs with all your calendars, features day, week, month, and list views, drag-and-drop event management, and easy event/appointment creation. It has a clean, colorful, and organized interface and balances functionality, design, and user friendliness. It is one of the apps with a higher price point, but is another option for those who desire simple Google calendar syncing.

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    There are so many iPhone calendar apps available that it can be difficult to decide which one suits your individual needs. Consider the features you value most and look at the app reviews and track record. Price isn’t always the best indicator of quality, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to spend a little more if the app has more features or a better interface.

    (Photo credit: Paolo Neo)

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    Last Updated on March 25, 2020

    How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

    How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

    Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

    Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

    Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

    In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

    1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

    A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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    If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

    2. Fix Your Posture

    If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

    Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

    3. Hold Your Posture

    It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

    Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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    4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

    The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

    Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

    So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

    5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

    Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

    6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

    Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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    Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

    7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

    The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

    Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

    8. Practice, Practice, Practice

    Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

    Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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    9. Check out Some Online Games

    There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

    10. Dictation Practice

    If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

    11. Monitor Your Progress

    Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

    12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

    There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

    Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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