Getting Started: 5. Scheduling Content & Calendar View

Consol Views

Consol has three main views accessible from the buttons at the top left:

  1. Lists (Default)
  2. Calendar
  3. Settings

Consol allows you to schedule any content type on the calendar, not just events or tasks. Want to schedule time to read an article? Simply bookmark the article in Consol and schedule it for later. This guide will demonstrate this scenario.

Bookmarking a link

  1. Let’s make a reading list category. Select the #personal we created earlier.
  2. In the Add Category input field, type Reading List and press enter to create a new category. This category will automatically be selected after it’s created.
  3. Paste a URL into the content creator text field. Observe that the content type drop down changes to Bookmarks. Pasting a URL will always switch the content creator to bookmarks.

    Press Enter to create the bookmark.
  4. If the URL has a title tag or an open graph title, Consol will capture it make it the title of the bookmark. In this case, the URL I used is a PDF uploaded to Google Docs, so the title defaults to the file name. Feel free to rename the title by clicking on it and typing something else:

Scheduling an Item

  1. Click on the Schedule button at the top of the page view.
  2. In this scenario, I’ve set the start date and time for Monday morning at 9:00am and the stop date and time to Monday morning at 10:00am. Clicking the Popup button will automatically set the reminder time to 0 minutes before the start.

    If the start time is in the future, within a few moments the item and its schedule will appear in the Upcoming box at the bottom right:

    In addition, the presence of a schedule will turn the schedule button yellow and the scheduled date will appear in a few places The first is at the top of the page view of the item:

    The second is preceding the title in the list view. If the start and stop dates are more than a day in the future, the start and stop dates will display in these positions. If the start and/or stop date happens to be “today”, then the scheduled time(s) will display instead of today’s date.

  3. When the time arrives, Consol will display a popup reminder. You can click on the title in the reminder window to open the item:

Viewing content on the calendar

Not only is the item tagged and filed under #Personal and #Reading List, it can now be viewed from the calendar perspective.

  1. Click on the Calendar view at the top left:
  2. Unlike traditional calendars, Consol’s calendar maintains the list orientation defined by the list view. By default, today’s date is selected and today’s date always displays in green. Whenever you leave the calendar view and return to it, today’s date will be pre-selected:
  3. Select the date on which the item’s start date was scheduled. You can hover over any of the columns to scroll if needed. If you are on a touch-enabled device, you can drag up or down on any column where content is vertically truncated. Now you should see the item in the list view. The list view will display items in chronological order. For now, there is only one item scheduled that meets the view criteria—today’s date:

    Since the calendar view is always contextualizing scheduled items within their corresponding days, the start and stop times will always display when viewing items on the calendar.

    You may also notice a yellow area in the background of the list item. This is a visual representation of the length of time specified for the schedule. Each tick mark represents one hour in a 24-hour period. In the scenario above, the yellow area spans exactly from one tic mark to the next, which is one hour. This visual representation helps you quickly get a feel for how long schedules are and how full your schedule is for any given day, week, or whole month:

    The week view displaying scheduled items on Tuesday and Thursday.

Creating items directly on the Calendar

If you prefer, you can create items while on the calendar view. Items created while on the Calendar view will not have any default workspace or category tags applied to them, but their schedules will automatically be populated with today’s date and time. This is helpful for scheduling event/meeting items that do not need to be kept long term for retrieval.