Time is our greatest and most limited asset. From kick-off meetings to client recaps, presentations to mentoring – communicators are constantly on the go. Managing schedules, in and out of the office, can often feel like a challenge. So, how do we manage our time more effectively and avoid becoming victim to a dreaded thread of email – or even worse, phone tag? We did some research and discovered that there’s an app for that…several, actually.
Prioritize your time with these three top time scheduling tools.
Calendly’s basic plan is free and integrates with Google Calendar, Office 365, Outlook and iCloud.
So, what sets this scheduling app apart?
Not only does Calendly check multiple calendars (personal, work, etc) to make sure you are not being double-booked, users can also set how many meetings they would like to attend in a day while allowing multiple invitees to be scheduled within the same slot. This can be helpful with client or internal meetings, networking events or training webinars. Users can schedule unlimited events with the app and personalize their Calendly link.
Doodle’s free polling interface allows users to find a date and time to meet with one or multiple people. This scheduling tool works with Google Calendar, Outlook, Slack, MS Teams and Zapier.
When you share a Doodle link with your team, they can select multiple times of availability to schedule a meeting. If they have integrated the tool with their email provider, Doodle has the ability to automatically select the best time that works for them.
WhenWorks automatically connects with the built-in calendar on an iPhone but can also be synced with Google Calendar, Outlook and Office 365. This app is an easy way to book appointments with others by using a scheduling link that shares when you are not available or when you are free. This link can be shared in your email signature or on your company website. Those who have access to the scheduling link will then be able to select a time to meet with you that will sync to your calendar.
Time management is key to being successful in the public relations field. By utilizing these three different tools, you will be able to schedule and prioritize your time accordingly.