Tick-Tock Tales: Mike Meets CloudCal & CloudTasks

Welcome to a new blog series that explores some of the wonderful things our users get done with CloudCal and CloudTasks. This week we talk to Mike Wright, a self-confessed workaholic who relies on both apps. 

For most of us, dealing with personal meetings is usually enough. But for some, planning and organizing them for other people is all in a day’s work. That’s exactly what Mike Wright does, a recruiter based in the US. Mike is responsible for making sure his company interviews and hires the right kind of talent, and it all starts with his calendar – organization is the key.

Mike, how important is organization to you? 

I am a workaholic, so hitting my professional goals is must, but at the same time I want balance in my life. Juggling everything requires dedication and a sharp eye for detail, especially when deadlines are looming. Whether it’s something for the office or my family, CloudCal and CloudTasks give me my entire schedule at my fingertips. Organization is invaluable.

What is your main productivity goal?

I interact with a lot of people throughout the day, either in person, on the phone, or through email. It is very important at work that I have a list of people I need to contact in the morning and throughout the rest of my busy day – it needs to be clear and always accessible. CloudCal ensures my day goes smoothly by showing all of my calendars in one convenient place.

What were your struggles before CloudCal? 

Flipping from one calendar to the other was a constant hassle. I have 8 calendars that I use daily. It just didn’t work for me anymore. 

So how did CloudCal help?

Both apps offered a very unique solution that I couldn’t find elsewhere: they can be integrated. With a few taps, I could see all of my calendars and tasks in one place, which immediately solved my problem. On top of that, I could seamlessly share tasks back and forth from CloudTasks. This boosted my productivity no end, and continues to do so today. 

What were the results?

I have seen tremendous results using CloudCal and CloudTasks. I haven't forgotten an appointment or double booked anything in a long time… what helps is that there’s a clear overview of everything, so mistakes are easy to spot. I don’t have to switch between different apps and services, which saves me a lot of time.

What’s your top CloudCal tip?

My tip is simple: only use the features you need, which is easy with both apps. A lot of other apps cram functions and features that get in the way of your productivity. Keep it simple, and I guarantee you’ll save lots of time and get more done – I have!

Have your own story to share? Drop us a line at hello@pselis.com.

Tick-Tock Tales: Jurgen Meets CloudCal

 Jurgen Van Gussem

Jurgen Van Gussem

Welcome to a new blog series that explores some of the wonderful things our users get done with CloudCal and CloudTasks. This week we talk t o Jurgen Van Gussem, a father of two who relies on CloudCal.

If looking after two daughters isn’t hard enough, try working for the government. It’s all in a day’s work for Jurgen Van Gussem, a happily married father of two who lives in beautiful Belgium. We spoke to him about what it takes to organize his life, from the professional to the personal, and how CloudCal helps sow everything together. Read on to learn his top CloudCal tip.

Jurgen, how important is organization to you?

With a family and a job working for the Belgium government, my life gets pretty busy. I need to organize a lot, both at work and at home, to get things done and keep people happy. But it’s not always easy combining the two. In the past I used separate tools, but this just made organization harder as I was concentrating my energy in different places. I’m always looking for ways to boost my productivity and streamline my workflow, as managing and planning activities in the simplest way possible makes life easier.

What is your main productivity goal?

My main goal is to keep track of family events in all forms – from school appointments, to vacations, to family parties, to birthdays – and at the same time keep track of work events such as meetings and lessons. To do it all from one place is the ambition, as this helps me coordinate everything in a smooth way.

What were your struggles before CloudCal?

It was always hard for me to plan personal and professional things side by side. The tools I used for work made me adopt processes that didn’t translate well to family life. Because of this, I never had a convenient view of future events and this led me to forecast my time improperly. I would often forget tasks, and I even forgot the odd birthday or two. Not good.

So how did CloudCal help?

I consider myself a power user, so I went in final search of a good digital agenda that could meet my needs. CloudCal popped up, and I instantly fell in love with Magic Circles. Magic Circles solved my main problem: getting a nice overview of future events to help better forecast my time. The different agenda views were a bonus too, as they gave flexible workflows to match the task at hand.

What were the results?

Letting people down is the worst. Now I can keep track of my family and social life, as well as my work life, without forgetting tasks, meetings, birthdays, and other things. I’m more organized then I’ve ever been. The Pselis team is constantly improving CloudCal too, which means new features are added that boost my productivity even more.

What’s your top CloudCal tip?

If you’re planning a meeting or other event, always attach a relevant local or Dropbox file if you can. This can be an agenda, a contact list, or a presentation. For me this is yet another way of keeping things together, and is a convenient way of having your materials to hand at a moment’s notice.

Have your own story to share? Drop us a line at hello@pselis.com.

Magic Circles help you schedule client meetings, sessions and appointments

 

For anyone who has lots of meetings, whether you’re a freelancer, a driving instructor, a CEO or a physiotherapist, you may struggle to identify when you’re actually free.

Calendars are usually great at telling us about our appointments. But they often suck at telling us when we have free time.

CloudCal excels at showing you your schedule, at-a-glance, so you can easily pinpoint your availability and book your next appointment.

Just look at the Month view. Every event and meeting is a bar of color on the Magic Circle. So you can instantly see which days are already packed and which days have space.

With Magic Circles you can make sure you’re busy when you need to be – and that you always have enough time to eat lunch.