Lesson 1, Topic 1
- Accessibility: Digital calendars are typically accessible from various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. This allows you to access and update your calendar anytime, anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
- Synchronization: Digital calendars often offer synchronization across devices and platforms, enabling you to keep your schedule consistent across all your devices. Any changes made on one device are automatically reflected on others.
- Imagine this: You take your computer and phone to class every day because you take notes on your laptop. Today, your teacher describes an extra credit assignment that you really need to do. It’s a guest lecture a few days from now in the evening. You add it to your calendar on your computer because the opportunity was mentioned while you were taking notes during class. Then, later in the day while you’re in the dining hall eating dinner, your friend asks you if you’re free to study together in a few nights. You can’t remember when that guest lecture was scheduled for and you don’t have your computer! But alas, your calendar syncs to your phone so you pull out your phone and check the date.
- Notifications and Reminders: Digital calendars can send notifications and reminders for upcoming events, helping you stay organized and punctual. You can set alerts to remind you of important tasks or appointments. What’s nice is that you can also customize alarms and reminders. You can select how far in advance you’ll get a reminder for an upcoming exam and you can get pinged when it’s time to head to class.
- Easy Editing and Rescheduling: Digital calendars provide flexibility in editing and rescheduling events. You can easily modify or move events around by dragging and dropping them, making it convenient to manage your schedule.
- Integration with Other Tools: Digital calendars can integrate with other applications and tools, such as email clients and task management software, allowing for seamless workflow management. For example, if you use Gmail for email, you can easily create events from emails in your Google Calendar.
- Dependency on Technology: Relying on a digital calendar means being dependent on technology. If your device malfunctions or you don’t have access to the internet, you may face difficulties accessing or updating your calendar. That’s why it’s always good to have a calendar that’s saved locally on each device so that you can still view it without an internet connection.
- Potential for Data Disappearing. Although the chances are slim that all of your data may disappear, it’s possible that a platform may lose some of your data. It’s also easier to accidentally delete events and tasks from a calendar if it’s digital compared to written on paper.
- Learning Curve: Some digital calendar platforms may have a learning curve, especially for those who are less tech-savvy. Figuring out the features and settings may require some initial investment of time and effort.
- Distractions: Digital calendars can be accompanied by other notifications and distractions, such as emails, messages, or social media updates, which may divert your attention from your schedule.
- Privacy and Security: Storing your calendar digitally means entrusting your personal data to a service provider. Although reputable platforms take measures to protect your information, there is always a potential risk of data breaches or privacy concerns. Make sure you keep your devices secure by setting a password, too, so that others can’t access your calendars.