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.
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