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    I am in a bit of trouble at home after I double booked two important events. Unlike a paper calendar, my digital calendars seem to make it easier for me to double book. If someone emails me a date with very few taps on the mail app on iPad I can create an event. It's a speedy workflow which I don't want to lose, but really calendar apps should have a double booking warning.

    Because of this failure, my wife is now insisting we have a central calendar on the wall. I am not sure this will work for me because i'll have to double enter all my calendar items. Also it's a bit of an eye sore.

    Anyone have any tips?

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    You need to click on "show on calendar" before using "create event". It is an extra step, but necessary. Looking ahead 2 weeks in your weekly review will catch double bookings while there is still a chance to fix things.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mcogilvie View Post
      You need to click on "show on calendar" before using "create event". It is an extra step, but necessary. Looking ahead 2 weeks in your weekly review will catch double bookings while there is still a chance to fix things.
      There's only one good feature mail app has over the other email apps (which for the most part are far better), and that's being able to click on a date and choose "create event". Its a killer feature, but even this seems flawed. Apple, I hope you're listing to this!

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      • #4
        Google Calendar

        You can have multiple calendars - so you can each have one or have a separate one for house /personal events. But you can view all the calendars in one view.

        You can also allow others to have view or edit access to any of your calendars so they can also see what's going on.

        If that works, you may not have to go paper which will create more work to keep anything electronic in sync with the wall calendar.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by enyonam View Post
          You can have multiple calendars - so you can each have one or have a separate one for house /personal events. But you can view all the calendars in one view.

          You can also allow others to have view or edit access to any of your calendars so they can also see what's going on.

          If that works, you may not have to go paper which will create more work to keep anything electronic in sync with the wall calendar.
          Yes I already proposed that. My wife doesn't trust digital calendars. Very much a paper person.

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          • #6
            Will it work for her?

            Originally posted by timjamesbrennan View Post
            Because of this failure, my wife is now insisting we have a central calendar on the wall. I am not sure this will work for me because i'll have to double enter all my calendar items. Also it's a bit of an eye sore.
            What about your wife? Doesn't she mind to double enter her calendar items (in her paper calendar and your electronic)? Will it work for her? For her eyes? Just asking...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by timjamesbrennan View Post
              Yes I already proposed that. My wife doesn't trust digital calendars. Very much a paper person.
              Ah ok. Seems that you can't avoid the digital-paper duplication.
              +1 on @TesTeq - sounds like someone has to review the digital and update the paper.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by timjamesbrennan View Post
                Yes I already proposed that. My wife doesn't trust digital calendars. Very much a paper person.
                I think you have a spousal unit interface problem. I used to have that problem too. I cleared it up by buying my wife an iPhone, but that probably isn't a good solution for everyone.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
                  What about your wife? Doesn't she mind to double enter her calendar items (in her paper calendar and your electronic)? Will it work for her? For her eyes? Just asking...
                  She has a paper calander at work and now wants a paper calendar at home too. She has an iPhone but doesn't use the calendar on it. I have had some success in printing my google calendar from ipad safari. In portrait orientation one week fills a page. Then I am going to put on a clip board and put on the kitchen wall with magnets hopefully.

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                  • #10
                    I think this is a bit of a relationship issue, too. You apparently scheduled two things at once which may have caused her some trouble, too. So I would accept the wall calendar for some trial time period with an agreement to renegotiate at the end of the trial.

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                    • #11
                      My husband didn't do digital calendars, so it was paper or nothing. I use a digital calendar all the time at work. I decided I'd go with the joint paper calendar at home, and only put home stuff on the digital calendar if it was going to affect what I did at work. I rarely double book. I tend to check both calendars for the forthcoming week anyway, so usually spot if there is a potential clash before it actually happens.

                      Now my husband has passed away I have continued with the same system - I quite like keeping work and home separate.

                      R

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