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Show me a full calendar, and I’ll show you a successful person. A calendar should be a tool that keeps every aspect of your life focused in one place, allowing you to worry less and accomplish more. The following are a few useful ways that you can import more important information into your Google Calendar.

Google Calendar remains one of the most popular online time management tools, because it is so accessible from anywhere, and so well integrated with web apps and mobile tools that everyone uses.  In this article I’m going to share three distinct ways of automatically importing information into your Google Calendar.

The first will be from inside Google Calendar itself. The second will involve some of the best importable calendars from a cool website called iCalShare, discussed previously here at MUO by Simon in his article on syncing Mac iCal with Google Calendar How And Why To Sync Mac OS X iCal with Google Calendar How And Why To Sync Mac OS X iCal with Google Calendar Read More . Finally, way at the bottom of this article, I’ll show you some really cool ways to integrate data into Google Calendar using the popular IFTTT automation service FREE MANUAL: The Ultimate IFTTT Guide, Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro FREE MANUAL: The Ultimate IFTTT Guide, Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro No passwords required. Read online, download free PDF or EPUB files or buy for Amazon Kindle. Read More .

IFTTT is a powerful service we’ve covered here often, doing things like supercharging eBook reading Supercharge Your eBook Reading With IFTTT Supercharge Your eBook Reading With IFTTT From finding eBook deals to automatically sending articles to your Kindle, these are all the IFTTT recipes you need. This great automation service can be used to supercharge your eBook reading. Read More or your Pocket experience Supercharge Your Pocket Experience With These IFTTT Recipes Supercharge Your Pocket Experience With These IFTTT Recipes Between the two of them, Pocket and IFTTT are excellent services that do their part in making their users more productive. Pocket gives users a one-stop shop to access all of the content - articles,... Read More , so if you’re an IFTTT fan too, I highly recommend you head down to the bottom of this article for that section. It’s pretty cool.

Interesting Calendars inside Google Calendar

The fastest and probably the easiest way to import information into your Google Calendar is by browsing existing public calendars. You can do this by clicking the dropdown box near “Other calendars” in the left navigation bar, and clicking on “Browse Interesting Calendars”.

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Inside this window you’ll find three categories to explore — Holidays (world holiday calendars), Sports, and More.

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Sports is a fun area — just find your favorite team in whatever league you follow, and it’ll import the game schedule for that team into your own Google Calendar.

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If you’re a major sports fiend — subscribe to multiple schedules and load up your calendar with all kinds of game schedules!

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The “More” category in the Interesting Calendars browse window is kind of limited. However, there is some cool stuff like local sunrise and sunset times, Stardates and other interesting calendars.

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To get some really cool content imported into your calendar though, you really need to explore outside of Google Calendar.

Inserting Weather Into Your Calendar

Before you go out in search of cool calendars across the Web, the easiest way to import weather information is right inside your Calendar settings.

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Just scroll down to the “Location” section and make sure you’ve set up your local zip code.

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Finally, all you have to do is select whether you want the local temperature to be displayed in C or F, save your settings, and you’ll see the daily weather appear in your Calendar. This is very useful if you’d like to check what the day’s weather looks like before you head out to start your day.

iCalShare

If you want to import some really interesting calendar data, I highly suggest browsing the collection at iCalShare. These are some of the most interesting calendars that you’ll find anywhere. When you import them, they show up as new calendars in Google Calendar (turn them on or off as you see fit). They show up on a new calendar “layer” in your main window.

NASA Launch Schedule

If you’re a space exploration fan like me, then you’ll definitely want to import the NASA Launch Schedule, so you can stay up to date on all of the latest launches taking place at any given time.

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The cool thing about importing this calendar is that it will remind you to head over to NASA’s live coverage of the event on their website so you don’t miss out.

Game Releases

If you’re a console gamer on either Xbox or PlayStation, then you’re going to love this. There are several game release schedules that you can import into your Google Calendar so that you’re always aware of what’s being released and when. The first is a schedule called Xbox360 Releases for all Xbox360 games that are coming out.

 

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There’s also a PlayStation 4 schedule that’s available, and an Xbox One schedule as well. Now, you’ll never miss out on a game release. I just hope you’ve saved up a lot of money to buy the new video games How To Buy New Video Games Online for Really Cheap How To Buy New Video Games Online for Really Cheap Read More that come out!

Movie Releases

Are you a movie aficionado? Well then, you’re probably going to want to import the movie release schedule into your Google Calendar.

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I have to warn you though that being aware of the latest movie releases will put a huge damper on your pocketbook — so import this schedule with caution!  Also, if you’re in the U.S., there’s a U.S. movie release schedule available as well.

TV Calendar

Don’t want to miss out on the upcoming episode of your favorite TV show 5 Sites to Discover New TV Shows You Might Have Missed Out On 5 Sites to Discover New TV Shows You Might Have Missed Out On There's an overwhelming amount of entertainment to keep up with these days - whether in the form of books, movies, music or TV shows. And there's probably a lot of shows we're missing out on,... Read More ? Have no fear — just download the TV schedule into your calendar and you’ll always be up to date on the upcoming schedule for the most popular shows on television.

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This schedule focuses on the most popular shows on TV, and for those that are particularly U.S. focused, you’ll see a “(US)” notation next to the show name in the schedule.

Earth Seasons

Are you particularly in love with the Earth and its many seasons? Well then you’re a perfect candidate for the Earth Seasons schedule.

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This is just a very simple add-on schedule that’ll insert a time event for specific season changes, like Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Vernal Equinox and more.

IFTTT to Google Calendar

Importing calendars is probably the easiest way to get interesting schedules into your Google Calendar without too much work, but if you want to put in just a little more effort, it’s possible to import information that you could really make use of.

Monitor Stock Prices

For example, what if you could have a system that automatically schedules a task in your calendar to buy a stock when it reaches a certain level? Well, with IFTTT, just such a recipe is possible.

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Once any stock price reaches the target you’ve set (or drops to a target), you can trigger a buy or sell event to be scheduled right into your Google Calendar.

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This calendar even shows just how useful an “intelligent” import of data like this would be; much more than a static imported schedule.

Welcome New Twitter Followers

Another example would be getting notified in your schedule with an event indicating when someone new follows you on Twitter.

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You could use this event as a reminder to go to Facebook and send the person a message or otherwise let them know that you appreciate them following you.

WordPress to Calendar

If you manage a large blog with lots of writers and frequent posts, you could probably make use of an automated scheduling calendar. To accomplish this, just enable the “new post published” trigger on IFTTT, and then create an action to insert that WordPress post into your Google Calendar.

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Your calendar reflects the publication schedule of your blog (after publication). It’s a cool way to look back and review your publishing schedule in your calendar without having to actually log into your blog and manually browse published posts.

Weather Details to Daily Calendar

One of the most common things people like to see in their Google Calendar is the weather. This is why Google integrated temperature directly into the Settings. Well, IFTTT lets you take weather information to a whole new level. For example, you can use the Weather trigger in IFTTT to mark down the Sunrise or Sunset times in your calendar.

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This is similar to the schedule mentioned earlier in this article, but this one also includes temperatures and weather conditions.

Another very useful weather-related trigger in IFTTT Weather is the UV Index.

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What’s useful here is that each day you can get an indication in your calendar of what the UV Index looks like, letting you know whether or not it’s a day for applying sunscreen protection.

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As you can see, there are many ways to pull information that’s important to you into Google Calendar. Whether it’s a static schedule, or an IFTTT recipe that automates import of data, all these different techniques give you a whole list of possibilities.

Do you import information into your Google Calendar in different ways? Share your own creative ideas and fun solutions in the comments section below!

  1. Artur
    May 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    This post was made 2 years ago but it's still so actual. Thanks a LOT!

    • Ryan Dube
      May 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you Artur! It is nice when the articles we publish remain relevant over time. Thanks for your comment!

  2. NEGO
    January 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for this post ! Very useful ! ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)

  3. mlr
    April 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Chromcast or Google TV your calendar. Envision the screensaver of either with the families schedule. Kids will know, mom and dad will be reminded.

  4. Chris
    October 10, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I created this public Blue Ray / HD DVD Google calendar

    https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b8n110qqtbngb5klhpu4um92ck%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

    Calendar is being populated automatically, starting in Nov 2014.

    • CS
      January 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks! That is exactly what I was looking for!!

    • Troy Bull
      September 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      I love this calendar and I have been looking for just such a thing, is there an ics link so I can subscribe to it? or could you let me know how you did it?

      Thanks
      Troy

    • Name
      January 16, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, very useful

    • Mac
      July 1, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      I'm with Troy Bull -- this looks awesome, and is exactly what I wanted. Do you have an iCal style link, or anything else that would work so that I can overlay it into my Google calendar and see it from my phone? The link above lets me see the calendar, but Google refuses to use it for "Add from URL".

      Could you do one of the following so that we can take advantage of your excellent work?
      https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/37083#get_calendar_address

  5. BJ
    September 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    There are several "Days Alive" sites out there. You put in your birthdate, and it tells you how many day's you have been alive.

    I wish I knew how to do that on my Google Calendar. A program where you could put in your birthdate, and each day it would show you the day number of your life.

    Similar to the "Day Of The Year" calendar, but counted from the first day of your life, rather than starting each year again.

    Any coders know how to do that?

  6. Double
    May 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Did some searching today for an equinox calendar for Google Calendar, and I found your article. Not only was it resourceful, it was also recent. Thanks :]

  7. charles
    May 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Can anyone explain to me how to sync reminderfox with google calendar? I have read the instructions several times, and tried the steps, but no success. Maybe someone out there has the secret formula for doing this?

  8. Ben
    May 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great article.
    As a tradesman, I often have trouble keeping a tally of my hours at different jobs. I use an app called My Work Clock on my Android that syncs to Google Calendar so when I have to complete my day's time sheets it's all right there. Just have to remember to 'punch out' or your records will show a huge profit!

  9. Saikat B
    May 11, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Nice Ryan! I guess as a parent another nice use could be to import an academic calendar into GCal provided the school has an online calendar with some sort of data export. You could then use it to match school holidays with your own and plan quality time.

    • Ryan D
      May 11, 2014 at 4:53 am

      Saikat - that's brilliant!

  10. Justin P
    May 10, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Great list! I love the sports one. For TV, I like FollowShows, which lets you pick which shows you want and provides you with a calendar link. Check it out:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/followshows-helps-track-favorite-shows-offers-rss-ical-feeds/

    • Ryan D
      May 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Nice Tip Justin - thanks! I thought the TV one in this article was useful but a bit too crowded for my personal use - I love the idea of FollowShows, thanks for the tip!

  11. Sam
    May 10, 2014 at 12:22 am

    VERY well written article. Great job.

    • Ryan D
      May 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Sam - really appreciate your comment!

      Also, if anyone has any other sources for importing interesting calendars into Google Calendar, please post a comment about them. I'm really curious to know what's out there beyond the resources I've included in this article.

  12. Patti H
    May 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, I love this site

    • Ryan D
      May 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you Patti - we're glad to have you as a reader!

  13. Mihir Patkar
    May 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Articles like these are why I read MakeUseOf. Comprehensive, yet easy to follow for anyone. Lovely stuff, Ryan.

    • Db
      May 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Agree 100%

    • Mark M.
      May 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I concur with M. Patkar...you've said it bro

    • Ryan D
      May 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you Mihir - that comment really means a lot!

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