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Windows Phone tip: Stop your calendar from showing Monday’s meetings on Saturday nights

My Windows Phone treats me well; it’s great at e-mail, I love my Zune Pass, and there are lots of great apps.  It also has a very efficient lock screen that gives you the date and time; notifications for missed calls, new texts, and new e-mails (by account); and music playback controls all in one glance.  Plus, when I’m at work, the lock screen always helps me find my way to the next meeting on my calendar: what it’s called, when it starts, and where I should go.

That’s great during the week, but not so much on Saturday night.

You see, the logic for appointments showing on the lock screen is pretty simple. If there are any appointments the same day or the next day, they appear on the screen.  Perfect for knowing what’s next for the day or what’s coming tomorrow morning.  Except when it comes to Saturday nights.  After midnight on Saturday (a.k.a. Sunday morning), that two-day window of time includes Monday morning.  And Monday morning’s meetings.

Nothing like enjoying a bit of a respite from work and being reminded that Monday’s coming up soon.

But luckily there’s a really easy solution to the problem (without doing anything weird to your phone):  set up a recurring weekly appointment on Sunday nights to serve as your next appointment over the weekend.  I have my phone show “Happy Weekend!” until Sundays at 10pm.  No longer does your weekend have to hasten to a premature end.

LockScreen
A much nicer picture to spend your Sunday with.

To make it easier to get set up on your phone, here are some .ics event files I made that  you can add to your own calendar (in Eastern or Pacific time zone flavor).  If you’re using the calendar that comes with your Windows Live ID via Hotmail, just import that file on this page to get it synced to your phone.  Of course, you can customize the message and the timing for when it’s OK for Monday morning meetings to start showing up.

Happy Weekend! :-)

My first two months at Microsoft – a communication introspective

I started work at Microsoft on 9/8/2009.  So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying working with great colleagues on a great product, the web half of Windows Live (specifically the social networking part). Things are off to an exciting start — I’ve already survived a cougar invasion, my first release to production, and an onslaught of more than 10,000 e-mails.  Through it all, I’ve been able to keep my wits about me (mostly) and my Inbox hovering around 20 items.

To mark the end of my second month (way back on 11/8), I decided to examine my communication patterns and how they had shifted over my first several weeks at work.  As much as it was to be an exercise in reflection, it would also serve as an exercise in upkeep; after all, I need to keep those Illustrator skills sharp.  It took a bit longer to complete than planned (it’s been a busy month), but it’s finally done.   Without further ado, I present a look at my communication patterns over the first two months of work:

Any thoughts?  To other new grads starting work, how does it compare to your new jobs?