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Schedule your workouts with Doodle

Kit_RichAmong other things, Doodle can be used to schedule workouts with other people, and now that we’re in the summer months, many people are starting to pay more attention to their fitness routines.

Because of this, we thought it would be interesting to interview some fitness experts from around the world. Let us start by talking to Pilates Expert Kit Rich from Los Angeles:

What technology do you use during your workouts, and how does it help you?

The only app I use for working out is Strava. I always want to see how far I’ve gone and my pace, stride and sometimes I look at other Strava members runs for inspiration. It helps me because I love the accuracy and the awareness. My method, which you can find online, is all about 3 miles or 30 minutes everyday so Strava helps me figure out how I’m improving within this framework. Here’s a link to understand my method.

When do you like to schedule your workouts?

I always work out in the middle of the day because it’s the only time I usually have a break from clients. Only on weekends can I find time in the morning to workout. 

Canadian Health and Wellness Coach Sophie Gray

Our 2nd interviewee is Sophie Gray from Alberta Canada. You can read more about her and her tipps for getting fit on Way of Gray where she sells online workout programs incorporating full length follow along workout videos. 

WayofGrayKitchen-180Asked about technology she uses during her workouts she answers: ‘I actually simply use my good old iMac Calendar to schedule in my workouts! I find that by scheduling them in, just like I would any other appointment, I am much more likely to stick with them! 

Being self employed, keeping a schedule is incredibly important to me. Each Sunday I schedule my week out, and incorporate the time I’m working out as well!

This way I always make time. I personally workout in the morning, before I get to work! ‘

Thank you Ladies for sharing these insights with us. Scheduling a workout with Doodle is easy, no matter whether you are working out with a fitness coach, or whether you are exercising with a group of friends. More information on current fitness trackers can be found here.

Doodle for Android ― The Next Level

We started redesigning the Doodle Android App in March of this year. Our goal was to develop a truly native app that utilizes all possibilities to increase productivity as well as efficiency. Only by reaching that goal would we be able to meet the high standard that is associated with the Doodle brand.     

By working together with partners such as the Google team in London and by utilizing cutting-edge technology and principles, we are always striving to raise the bar in order to improve upon the functionality that’s provided by Doodle as a whole.

Doodle Android Update

Doodle Android Update

But what have we been doing during the past few months, and what’s next? Native applications offer great convenience and allow for more efficiency. In order to make use of that, our app must have all of the functionality that is provided by our website, which our users have become accustomed to over the years. A recent example of accomplishing that ambition is the integration of calendars, enabling you to see your plans at a glance while creating or participating in a poll. Push notifications have also been implemented in our app so you can always stay up to date.

Just recently, Google launched the newest Android version (6.0) called Marshmallow. In light of that, we have put in a lot of work to support its most important features, such as the permission system, from day one. As a result of our efforts, Google decided to feature us on the official list of Top Apps for Android Marshmallow. More details about the new features of the most recent Android update can be found here.

Google Marshmallow and Doodle

Google Marshmallow and Doodle

Thanks to the integration of Smart Lock, Doodle now offers an additional login option that is even easier, faster, and more secure than before since email addresses and passwords will now be able to be automatically synchronized across all of your devices. As soon as you install our app, Smart Lock will detect your credentials and offer you this new login. Detailed information on how this feature works can be retrieved from here.

What to expect next:

Nearby ― Invite participants who are in your immediate vicinity to your poll. Imagine a meeting where you want everyone present to be able to participate in a poll. Using Nearby, you can invite everyone with a single tap without needing to get their contact details. Thanks to the Doodle mobile app, everyone can now match their plans with the poll’s suggested options and make decisions much more efficiently.

Alexander Thiele
Doodle Team

Doodle launches new calendar integrations for Outlook.com and Office 365

Today is a great day for our Doodle users because they’re now able to integrate their Doodle events into Outlook.com and Office 365 calendars. Also, all of our calendar integrations (including the existing ones like Google Calendar, iCloud, and ICS) are now available in our free Doodle version.

This means that all of our users are able to create and participate in meeting polls directly from their Doodle calendar view without needing to switch back and forth between their calendars. Now that’s what we call productivity!

You can visit the following page to learn more about Doodle Calendar Connect.

Calendar integration by Doodle - easy scheduling

Calendar integration by Doodle – easy scheduling

Your Doodle Team

Doodle gets a major iPhone update

Today is a big day for Doodle. We are very excited to announce the release of our completely redesigned and rebuilt Doodle App for iPhone, which is now much more powerful and easier to use.

we present the new Doodle iOS App

Presenting the new Doodle iOS App

A totally new experience

Our previous iOS App was intended as a mobile companion for heavy Doodle users – something you used between accessing Doodle on your computers. Now that people are increasingly relying on mobile devices in addition to (or instead of) their computers, our old approach was not sufficient. We started from scratch by focusing on how our millions of users manage their time on the go. The result is a brand new experience for your iPhone that helps you to come to an agreement with a group of people – at any time and in any place – right from your mobile device. It’s available today and it’s free.

The power of Doodle at your fingertips

The new Doodle App has everything that people liked about the old version, but it also includes some new features which are wrapped in a fresh and improved easy-to-use interface. It’s compatible with iPhone 4s and newer, including iPhone 6 Plus.

Stay connected with powerful notification options

Need to clarify something? The built-in chat feature enables you to instantly chat with all of the participants. Push notifications will keep you informed about everything that’s going on.

Keep your contacts and appointments visible

Contact integration helps you to quickly invite all of the people that are important to you, and with the built-in calendar integration (for Premium users), scheduling conflicts are a thing of the past.

More on the way

Our mobile team is now a dedicated product and engineering team at Doodle, and we have an exciting mobile roadmap planned for you. Next up is the release of our iPad version and a major update to our Android App. But for now, visit the App Store and download our new iOS App for free!

International survey finds families are overwhelmed by group organization and communication

Based on the results of a new international survey* that we’ve conducted in Germany, the United States, and France, the dream of having a quiet family life is just a dream for most families. The results confirm that family life involves an enormous amount of organization.

The parents’ job situation plays an important role in this. Working parents have more organizational issues in their lives, and they’re also under more stress. Additionally, when it comes to scheduling, they make greater use of email, electronic calendar requests, and Doodle. With that said, they still primarily use phone calls to make arrangements with several people despite the fact that this method wastes the most time and there are much better alternatives.

Since finding a time for a meeting or making a decision with a group of people can be so time-consuming, we asked parents as well as people without children how often they have to handle those tasks in their personal lives.

The frequencies of schedules

Group Appointments

From back-to-school events to sports appointments and vacation plans, parents’ organizational efforts are definitely more complicated and increase in complexity according to the number of children in the household. Interestingly, there’s hardly any difference between men and women, which indicates that fathers are just as involved in family scheduling as mothers are.

But there are still major differences between men and women when it comes to their professional lives. For example, a substantially higher percentage of fathers work full-time (91% vs. 54%). The results also show that part-time work is popular among mothers, especially in Germany, as indicated here:

Job situation varies

The job situation of mothers in these three countries varies

Just under half of the respondents said that they usually handle the organizing within a group, and a similar percentage of them agreed that finding a suitable date for several people is annoying. In turn, while parents are usually more involved with group decisions, less than a third of them actually like to meet in large groups.

Family statements

International Statements on organizing

Mothers feel significantly more pressure with time in their personal lives than fathers do (49% vs. 38%), even if fathers are involved in group decisions to the same extent as we learned before.

There are also interesting differences between the countries concerning the request for an SMS confirmation before an appointment. French parents favor this (58%) while American (45%) and particularly German parents (24%) are skeptical about the idea.

Ultimately, whether they’re working full-time or part-time, employed people are more likely to organize events, they’re more annoyed by group scheduling, and they experience stronger pressures on their time.

This correlation with parents‘ job situations becomes even more apparent in a further analysis when we form an Organization Index as well as a Stress Index based on the requested statements.

Organisation in families

Stress index for families

When you look at the communication tools that families are using to organize their group decisions, it’s easy to see why so many of them are annoyed by the process.

The majority of respondents still rely on email and phone calls, which are highly inefficient methods of finding an agreement with a group of people.

Job status is the main factor for the frequency with which the communication tools are used. Working parents use almost all of the tools more regularly than nonworking parents. There’s also a particularly big difference concerning email and electronic calendar requests – calendar requests seem to be much more familiar to working parents. Additionally, Doodle is used more often by working parents to schedule personal appointments or make decisions with a group of people.

The tools of family communication

How do families communicate

Outside of job status, there are also some country-specific preferences with communication tools. For instance, American parents are more likely to use social networks for group decisions while German parents are more likely to use WhatsApp. In fact, 45% of German fathers and mothers regularly use this messaging service to organize appointments and agreements within groups while another 25% sometimes use it for those purposes. On the other end of the scale, more than 80% of American and French parents never use WhatsApp for group organization, so this use case appears to be a German phenomenon.

In the end, no matter which communication tools are used, it’s a fact that many families are choosing inefficient ways to communicate in groups. An experimental study for a Bachelor’s thesis at ETH Zurich revealed that using Doodle for group scheduling could save up to two-thirds of the time that you’d spend otherwise. Even in smaller groups, people benefit from online scheduling by saving around fifteen minutes for each event. Even if you only have a few group arrangements each week, the time that you save by using Doodle will mean that you’ll have more time with your family.

*Two-stage international online survey in July 2014 in Germany, the United States, and France of respondents between the ages of 18-60. Families among the internet population surveyed by Toluna Online Panel. Families and No Families surveyed by Doodle on-site survey. The current analysis is focused on respondents between the ages of 30-49 (N=6.562). More than half of all interviewed parents were a part of this group.

Public Service Announcement – WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com

With over twenty million users each month, our online scheduling tools have already reached a lot of people, but we still have more work to do. In an effort to help spread the word about Doodle to even more people, we’ve created the WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com Public Service Announcement.

Many of you have shared stories about times when you’ve been stuck in the middle of a scheduling nightmare with a group of people who were using email, phone calls, and text messages to find a time for the group to meet, and in order to put a stop to the chaos, you suggested that Doodle should be used instead. This word-of-mouth promotion has been a large driver of Doodle’s growth, and our PSA makes it even easier to tell others about Doodle in this way.

So the next time that you find yourself stuck in a scheduling nightmare with a group of people, just send them the link to WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com and put a stop to it. We hope you like what we’ve created, and please help us raise awareness about online scheduling by sharing the link with others!

Your Doodle Team

Doodle adds “reset admin link” feature to help administer your poll

Who hasn’t experienced this problem before: we click the SEND button in our eMail program and realise just in that same second, that we have sent a wrong link or have sent the eMail to the wrong person. Our Doodle users told us that they would love to get security for such error when sending the participation links for a scheduled poll out.

With today’s release, we have improved the use of Doodle admin links. Within the admin panel for your poll we now have added a functionality for organisers to reset the admin link. Such new admin link will be sent to the organiser by eMail, actually to that address that was used for setting up the poll. All users that have received the former admin link will be able to participate in the poll but not be able to administer the poll.

In hoping that we were able to help our users with such change we wish you happy Doodling on the world’s easiest scheduling tool.

Your Doodle Team