After months of struggling to seamlessly integrate my various calendars, I discovered Sunrise – a calendar service created by former Foursquare employees. Using data from my Facebook, Google Calendar, Eventbrite, and LinkedIn accounts, Sunrise creates an itinerary which is emailed to me every morning in an easy to read newsletter format. This personalized email includes weather information, friends’ birthdays, and upcoming appointments. Sunrise even adds a bit of visual flair into the calendar process by including photos of people I’m meeting with and clever icons that match the activity – e.g. wrapped packages for birthdays and speech bubbles for meetings.
Sunrise also recently took a step outside of the inbox by creating its own iOS app. A natural evolution of the service, the app allows users to effortlessly add new appointments, view their complete calendar, and wish friends happy birthday with a Facebook message or text. Perfect for professionals on the go, the Sunrise app creates extra value for this fantastic service.
If you’re sick of your current digital calendar, give Sunrise a try. Its integrated approach to calendar management is a welcome change. After using the service for over a month, I’ve found Sunrise to be a good replacement for iCal.
How do you stay organized? Do you stick to traditional paper bound calendars or does your digital assistant know more about your whereabouts than some of your closest friends?