Work Smarter Not Harder: Create a Google Calendar Agenda

There aren’t enough hours in the day. I find myself sleeping less and eating more meals in my car than around the dinner table. Often I feel the day flying by, and by the end of the day- I can’t really tell you what was accomplished. That isn’t great for me or my health.  

Recently, I stumbled upon some new tech features that allow me to eliminate some unnecessary tasks.  So today, I thought I would take the time and share one with you.  I hope you find a blessing in this as I did!

So a little of my thought process in moving to this next tech feature…

I had multiple chats with other leaders, and I said many times these very words…”why does Google have Google Keep but there’s not a Google Agenda?  You all know how much I use Google Keep, but I need a Google Agenda.  I’m not referring to a calendar.  I need an actual meeting agenda.  You know the agenda that lists all the items for your meetings?  That’s what I need.  

Currently, I use a Google Doc to create all the agendas.  Now, I have stumbled upon SoapBox!  SoapBox takes my Google Calendar and creates an agenda that can be seen by all of the people invited to the meeting.  This is an add-on feature through Chrome.  

Let me show you how it works.

1.  Go to Chrome Web Store and Search for SoapBox


2.  Install SoapBox to your Chrome Browser.

3. Create a meeting on using your Google Calendar.

4. Click on the Add Soapbox to this meeting blue button to create an agenda.

5. The agenda will now appear and all invitees will see the agenda prior to the meeting.

Is that pretty amazing or what?  Hopefully by shifting my focus from creating a separate document for an agenda to creating built-in calendar agendas I can spend quality time on other things.  Automating some tasks will allow me to get more done.

I read this quote recently and it reminded me of this simple agenda feature that I have been using for a few weeks now.

“The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy.”


Let me know if you love this Google Add-on and if it was a huge timesaver for you too.

Stephanie McConnell

Stephanie McConnell

I’m Stephanie, and I’m the face behind Principal Principles. I’m a former principal turned educational consultant, presenter, and edupreneur. I’m obsessed with giving school leaders the tools they need to lead a successful school.

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Hi, I'm Stephanie

Hello friend! Welcome to Principal Principles. I’m Stephanie, and I’m the face behind Principal Principles. I’m a former principal turned educational consultant, presenter, and edupreneur. I’m obsessed with giving school leaders the tools they need to lead a successful school.

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