Calendly review: The app that keeps on giving
Being a blog for the tech-obsessed, it's hard not to talk about the best apps and tools around.
If I could pick just one app to talk about this year. My game-changer, if you will, that app would be Calendly, a scheduling tool.
The beauty of Calendly is in its simplicity. It's also a double-edged sword because most would think that they don't need it. That they can do without it.
After all, how hard is it to schedule a meeting with people? Maybe a little more work, if it involves a group of people, right?
Life before Calendly
I think this is where most people can be proven wrong. It certainly was something I overlooked, especially when I came across other scheduling tools a couple of years back, like Acuity or ScheduleOnce.
This year marked a new wave of meetings for me. I had agencies, partners, freelancers, media whom I needed to meet. Adding time zones to that and we had a recipe for disaster.
And perhaps because I like squashing unnecessary time on dilly-dallying, back-and-forth emails, and recently asking myself, "is this the best use of my time?" it hit me that a scheduling tool would do me some good.
Calendly came at the right time. It had a freemium model. It had a clean website. It was easy to set up.
The Calendly Life
Oh, has my life changed ever since.
I am no longer spending so much time looking at my calendar availability and replying with: "I am free on these times [three options] let me know which one works for you?" and then repeating that until something sticks.
I also no longer have to remember sending a calendar invite once we agree to a meeting.
Everything is done on Calendly.
I even upgraded to the paid tier when my needs changed. Such as having US-friendly times for US-based partners and colleagues. They weren't timings I would normally open up to everyone, so it needed its own event with its own setting.
Plus, I get to bask in the praise that others have bestowed after having booked a meeting with me.
This is where Calendly shines the most. It's that it not only made my life easier but others have benefited as well.