Using Google Calendar as a College Student

Google Calendar.

I love it. SO much.

Google Calendar is the #1 tool you need to succeed as a college student. I’m so serious. In this post we’re going to talk about a couple reasons why (some of my events are blurred out because they are too personal or too specific).

Easy color coding

My #1 favorite part of Google Calendar is the ability to color code. I LOVE COLOR CODING! You can create many different calendars, each with a different color theme. Then, when you have all of the calendars displayed together, you’re able to sort through your events and categorize your plans.

How to CREATE A NEW CALENDAR: On the left sidebar, underneath “My Calendar” hit the little down arrow. Select “Create a new calendar.” Name your calendar (like “School” or “Personal”) and voila! You’re done!

Choose your layout

If a monthly overview makes you feel weird and you don’t like looking at your to-do list all at once, the good thing is that Google Calendar gives you lots of different layouts to choose from! There are a couple of settings: Day, Week, Month, 4 Days, and Agenda (seen below).

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And this is ALL accessible from your computer OR your phone!

Sync with your phone

You can sync your Google Calendar across all of your devices, Android and iPhone (iTunes download here). I use this app instead of the iPhone’s calendar so I don’t miss out on an event I put in on my laptop. Your devices automatically sync!

Print it out

Each month, I print out the “basic” calendar I have – recurring events, deadlines, etc. – and hang it in my room. Of course I can add to that paper calendar as the month goes on and I love having the option to print out my plans and take it all with me.


That’s it! Just a few reasons why I rely on Google Calendar to keep my life from falling apart. Do you use Google Calendar? What works for you? Any questions?

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  • I LOVE Google Calendar! I’ve recently started using it and now I cannot live without it!

  • Lydia

    I love how organized you are! I need to check this out, but I’m slightly attached to my iCal. Also, I love writing instead of typing, so a notebook is more my style. Still checking this out!

  • I rely so heavily on Google Calendar, but somehow I hadn’t realized they had agenda view! This one’s a game changer – thanks for the tip!

  • I definitely need to use Google calendar more, just as a business owner! Love how organized this is!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • I always tend to use a good ol fashion pen and paper but useful in today’s digital world!

  • Kristin Thompson

    This is great! I actually haven’t used Google Calendar in the past, but I need to try it now!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

  • Audrey Stowe

    I love Google Calendar! I try to use it a lot but I somehow always go back to a written agenda haha!

  • Merisa Ferrell

    I needed this! I used to use Google Calendar all the time but stopped and I’ve needed to start back up so thank so much for sharing! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • This is awesome. I wish I was better at using an online calendar — it seems so convenient!

  • Yes! I recently switched from iCloud to Google Calendar, and I’m definitely loving it! x
    – Sabrina | StudentsToolbox.com