One of the most powerful features in TimeTune is the ability to create templates and apply them to the calendar with repetition patterns.
You can leverage the power of templates to implement your work shift calendar in TimeTune 🙀
Let’s see an example:
Imagine someone has a working cycle where they work 3 days and rest 1 day.
How can we implement that cycle in TimeTune?
CREATING THE TEMPLATES
In TimeTune we would create two templates, one for ‘Work’ days:
And another for ‘Rest’ days:
💡 We recommend adding emojis to the names for better visualization on the calendar.
After doing that, you should see the two templates on the template list:
Now that we have a template for each kind of day, we can apply the templates to the calendar:
APPLYING THE TEMPLATES
On the ‘Template calendar’ section, we can click on any date to apply a template:
As the length of the cycle in the example is 4 days (3 days working, 1 day resting), we only need to apply the days for the first cycle and make each day repeat every 4 days:
After doing that, your template calendar should look like this:
💡 You can click on any date to clear that date or a range of dates.
TimeTune is still growing. Our intention is to add more editing capabilities to the template calendar in successive versions (like copy/paste, etc).
ADVANTAGE OF TEMPLATES
So far, we haven’t done anything we couldn’t do by creating repeating events on Google Calendar 🤔
However, the advantage of templates in TimeTune is that you can add your whole daily schedule to your templates, and that schedule will appear on the ‘Schedule’ section on the corresponding date.
For example, to create the schedule for the ‘Work 💼’ template, first we would go to the template list and open the template:
Then we would add the pertinent time blocks to the template:
After adding several time blocks, your template would look something like this:
The same thing can be done to create the schedule for the ‘Rest 😎’ template.
As we already applied the templates to the calendar, the ‘Schedule’ section will automatically show the proper schedule for each date:
💡 Remember that you can also make one-off changes to the schedule without affecting the original templates.
TimeTune allows you to create multi-day templates. So, in the example, we could have created a 3-day template for the ‘Work’ part of the cycle. That would allow us to apply 3 days at the same time on the calendar.
Or we could have created a single 4-day template for the whole cycle instead of two templates. That would allow us to apply the 4 days of the cycle all at once.
Each approach has its pros and cons. Which approach you should use depends on your specific use case.
CAN’T MAKE IT WORK?
If you don’t know how to implement your work shifts in TimeTune (or you have a suggestion), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you.