Shishir's Color-What-Matters Calendar Guide

The Color-What-Matters Calendar Guide

Why (& how) coloring your calendar can solve your time issues.

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Effortlessly color and categorize your Google Calendar events with the click of a button.


👋 Hi, I'm Shishir! And my calendar is pretty
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For better or for worse, leading product teams requires a lot of events on my calendar. And don't get me wrong, I love meeting and working with my team. But there is only so much time in a day, so it's critical for me to align my schedule with what's truly important. When life gets hectic, I color code my calendar, with each color representing one of my priorities.
I can then easily see at a glance where I'm spending my time, and make adjustments accordingly.


💡 Observation: Categories not colors

Why is this so hard? Here’s the list of colors from Google Calendar: Peacock, Banana, Sage, Grape, Flamingo, Lavender, Graphite, Tomato, Tangerine, Basil, Blueberry. Now think about this: which of your meetings is a “
tomato
”? Not so easy! Here’s the trick:

Insight: We should use names as proxies for colors, not the other way around.

This doc is constructed around that insight.


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A Coda doc to quickly color code your calendar

If you also use the colors on your calendar then you know that it's kind of painful. Coda lets me quickly categorize my doc, then change all the colors on my calendar with the push of a button.
😓 Coloring my calendar the slow way
🌈 A Coda doc to quickly color code your calendar
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Colors are really just a proxy; I think in categories
ー none of my meetings are actually
"tomato"
.
just once. Then, categorize each of your events.
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Analytics requires an export
ー today my admin exports all of my calendar events to a spreadsheet in order to do any sort of analysis.
events into Coda automatically.
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It's very manual ー
you have to right-click on each event to change the color.
in Coda with the push of a button.
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Charts in spreadsheets are hard
ー my admin has to fiddle with pivot tables and rebuild charts to analyze where I'm spending my time.
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