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Google Calendar Reminders: Integrate Your ‘To-Do’ List into your Calendar

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Have you ever used Google Calendar as a reminder tool? For example,  adding items onto your calendar like “call Jim sometime today” or “feed the dog”? These kinds of to-do items aren’t necessarily associated with specific times or calendar events, but you want to make sure to remember them.

Now there’s a great feature in Google Calendar called Reminders. It works seamlessly within Google Calendar (unlike the tasks feature in email, which some people like better than I do)  — you can add in a reminder almost as you would a regular calendar event.


To start creating a Reminder, drag/drop or click anywhere in your Calendar. Next, choose “Reminder” as shown in the picture above.

Unlike a regular calendar entry (“event”), reminders stay on your calendar until they are complete (or until you get rid of them), even appearing at the top of your calendar the next day. Reminders also don’t “block out” time on your calendar, giving others the false impression that you are unavailable.

Too often, our to-do lists are located elsewhere, separate from the Calendar that organizes our day, and we end up missing something important because we forgot to check our list. Reminders solves this problem by providing a way to have everything in one place — on your calendar.

More Information about Reminders

(On the page linked to above, you can get directions on how to use this feature with an Android phone, a PC computer, or with iPhone/iPad.)

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