The other day I wrote a post titled “Google Calendar does SMS Reminders.” I was excited about setting up events and letting Google Calendar remind you via text message at predetermined times before the event occurs. I really love the fact that you can setup several reminders before the event occurs. I’m already using it to remind me of appointments, but I discovered an unusual application for this tool.
I only play three Facebook Applications; FarmTown, FarmVille, and Cafe World. These games provide a little entertainment and some friendly competition between neighbors. However, there has been some frustration involved with trying to play these games when you have a very busy schedule.
Old Strategy: For the farm games, I usually plant a crop that takes 2 or 3 days to grow. In Cafe World, I usually select a dish that takes 1 or 2 days to cook. This strategy works most of the time when I have a normal schedule. But when life gets crazy, time seems to disappear without a trace. By the time I remember to visit the farm the crop has gone to waste. When I remember to get back to the Cafe the food has spoiled and flies are buzzing around the pots and pans.
New Strategy: My strategy has changed a little. Now after I plant the crops or select a dish to cook, I set a Google Calendar Event with reminders to let me know when I need to harvest my crops or serve up my dishes.
It has brought the fun back into playing these games again.