How to Create Calendar Events Directly From Email and Set Reminders to Avoid Late Payments

Google Calendar makes it easy to remember events by sending you notifications to your phone, computer and email, depending on the settings you choose. And if you’re using it strategically, the Create Event feature is also a handy way to set automatic due date reminders so you don’t accidentally miss deadlines and incur commissions. However, earlier this week, a post from MakeUseOf indicated that Google does not automatically sync the dates it receives from the library confirmation emails, which means that in theory you could completely forget about due dates and start increasing fees. Here’s how to set up these alerts yourself:

Create an alert from your Gmail inbox

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account in a browser.
  2. Open the email that has the due date you want to be reminded of.
  3. Navigate to Create Event, which can be found by the three-dot icon in the upper right corner (if you have a new version of Gmail) or under the More button located in the upper right corner (if you have an older version of Gmail).

This will open a new Google Calendar tab where you will need to enter your information and change the date either by a due date or a day earlier, whichever suits you best.

Remember to always remove the email address that was automatically added – from the one you selected – to the Guests section so that they don’t receive notifications when you add an alert to your calendar. Make sure that when you go to the Guests section, only your email address is displayed.

Then click on Add Notification and you’re done.

This method, of course, also applies to other non-library payment terms – bills, renewal dates, or even your rent.

How To Avoid Late Paying For Libraries With Google Calendar | MakeUseOf


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