If you're having trouble keeping track of whether you're coming or going, you're not alone.
Today's business world is a fast-paced, mobile environment with more than its share of scheduling challenges. DayTimers and manual planners have been replaced by more sophisticated scheduling solutions, all of which are designed to help you manage your time more efficiently.
The Google Apps marketplace is a solution-rich venue featuring software products that seamlessly integrate with Gmail and other Google applications. Here are five Google apps for calendar and scheduling that are worth considering:
Tungle.me is a personal scheduling app with a full slate of business functions. It gives business users the ability to publish availability, accept requests and plan meetings. It's structured to work well in multi-staff or team environments, and is a natural fit for companies with geographically dispersed or new employees who need to be integrated quickly into workplace routines.
ScheduleOne Meeting Calendar
The ScheduleOne solution targets users who need to schedule meetings with external participants. The software supports cross-organizational scheduling, allowing users to propose multiple meeting times and view the availability of internal/external attendees through a single user interface.
Scheduling appointments with customers or clients just got a lot easier with Appointy. Appointy coordinates with your Google calendar to accept appointments on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. It accepts prepayments and automatically sends client alerts to minimize the potential for no-shows. This application is especially useful for multi-staff, appointment-based business environments.
TimeBridge Meeting Manager
Like many apps, TimeBridge helps businesspeople plan and organize meeting times. But it also shares availability across multiple calendar systems and facilitates phone/web conferencing. For a monthly fee, you can get unlimited phone or web conferencing, virtual whiteboards and a comprehensive participant alert system.
Google Calendar Time & Activity Report
If reporting is an issue for you, this app adds time and activity reporting features to your Google calendar. You can chart hours spent and the duration of different types of events according to specific users or time periods.