I'm going to tell you a little secret: There has been one technology thing that I've been struggling with for
y-e-a-r-s, and I haven't been able to make it work.
Don't get me wrong. I am a smart person who is generally technology savvy. Which makes this one thing even more maddening that I can't get it to work. So what have I done about it? Nothing.
What is this THING? Google Calendar.
Laugh if you want, but it has been my nemesis forever. My ex-husband set up a Google Calendar for us to schedule our respective weekends and kid events when they were little (they are 17 & 20 now, and drive themselves where they need to go), and I could not make it work. Well - I should say that there have been two pieces to this struggle:
1. Logging into G-Suites, and actually adding the new calendar to my existing setup.
2. Getting said calendar to integrate with my iPhone.
Couldn't do either. So, So dumb.
This weekend I was talking to my boyfriend and asking him about something we had planned this month, and his comment was "It's on the calendar". Yep - we also have a shared calendar, which I use exclusively to remind him when he's agreed to walk the neighbors dog for me when I can't do it. Which I schedule from my laptop.
So there I was (already having a reeeally rough morning), carefully choosing my words about *#$@*$^ Google Calendar:
"I am not stupid, but something just isn't working right and I can't manage to see the calendar on my phone. And if it's not on my phone, it doesn't exist." I went on to say "I'm trying not to say "I'm bad at it", because that's not true."
I believe his comment was "Semantics."
At which point I looked him right in the eye and said "I HATE GOOGLE CALENDAR. THAT IS THE TRUTH."
I was SO MAD! (At technology - not him! LOL!)
Actually I was really pissed off that I was letting Google Calendar win. Why couldn't I just figure it out?
So I showed my boyfriend the phone, where I had my Google account set up, and that it did reflect that our shared calendar was visible on my phone. And then I went to the calendar app and showed him where the event should be, and was most decidedly not.
And I decided in that moment that I wasn't going to let it go - I was going to figure it out. Which is what I usually do anyway - I'm a figure-outer! <---- Whyyyy had I let this one drag on for so long?
When I got home I looked it up online, and sure enough I had gone through all the right steps. And it wasn't working. So I deleted the account from my phone, and then tried to reinstall it. Didn't work. Turned off the phone, reinstalled it, and SHAZAM! There were the events from our shared calendar.
Not having Google Calendar wasn't actually having a negative impact on my daily life - and I honestly just didn't care which is why I let it fester for so long. But as soon as I could see that it was a problem, (and that someone thought I wasn't applying myself), I was motivated to fix it.
The real thing was that there was a little voice in my head that was saying "I'm not smart enough" - and there are a lot of bigger voices that hide behind those little ones. Which is all the more reason to manage them sooner than later so that they don't turn into a monster of a story and a subsequent meltdown or self-sabotage of all the things you can do.
Do you have one thing that keeps you in that state of doubt & frustration? Even if you don't think about it all the time - is it out there? I urge you to write it down today, and then think about some ways you can power through - even it means asking for help.
It took me 10 years to figure out Google Calendar - I know you can do better.
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