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​The importance of adding Activities

Add all activities to Shovel

Shovel doesn’t know that an empty time block cannot be used for studying unless you block it off with a class or an activity.

Activity examples:

Meals: You spend a ton of time eating meals. This is also a great time to be social. Block out as much time as you think you use for meals every day. 

Workouts: Get up and get moving. Make sure to block out some time for physical activities. It will help you focus when you sit down to study. 

Me Time: Don’t study on Friday and Saturday nights. Go out and have fun with your friends. Put Me Time wherever you know you won’t study but you’re still unsure about your plans.

Deleting an Activity creates more Study Time

If you have low Cushion for some tasks, delete individual activities from your calendar and you’ll create more Study Time to get things done.

​Create a new Activity category

Create Activity

In the Pile, select the Schedule tab in the sidebar. Click the + to add an activity. Type in the name of the activity and either click outside of the field or hit return. A new activity (category) is created. Change the color by clicking on the color square.

Add an Activity to your calendar

Drag and Drop to Create a Class in Shovel

Add an activity to your calendar by dragging an activity “box” from the sidebar into your calendar. When you release the cursor, the dialog below will appear. 

You can also add a Course to your calendar by clicking and dragging down within the calendar. A dialog box will open and you can select a course in the drop-down menu.

Set Activity date and time

Set Class Date and Time

Easily adjust the date and time of all your activities. Don’t change the end date unless your activity goes over midninght.

Commute Time

Maximize Study Time With Shovel

This is the time you need to walk to and from your activities. You may want to enter this to make study time blocks more accurate. For example, you may have 3 hours between your workout and dinner, but you spend 10 minutes of that time walking from the gym to the library and then 20 minutes from the library to the dining hall, so your study block is really only two and a half hours long.

Activity location and details

Location and details for a class

Put in the location of each activity. This is really useful at the beginning of the semester when you don’t have your schedule in your head yet. This is not a geo-location field yet, but we’ll make it so in upcoming updates.

For details, enter whatever else you need to know about each activity.

Repeat options

Repeat options for classes in Shovel

You can enter the number of altering weeks you would like to repeat each activity, as well as specific days. Your activities will be automatically populated throughout the Calendar. You can set the end of repeat range to the end of classes, end of final exams, or a custom date.

Important note about repeat patterns:

When you add an activity that repeats Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you can create all 3 days at the same time.

But once created, the different days are not linked together, only the Mondays are linked together with other Mondays etc.

This way, if you need to change the time for only Mondays, you can do so quickly. Just open the Monday event, make your change and after you click save, select “This and following Mondays.”

Edit recurring activity

But to make changes for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, you need to do so for each repeat patter separately. In this example, you would change for all Mondays, then all Tuesdays, and lastly all Fridays.

Delete an Activity category

Delete Activity

In the schedule sidebar, hover the activity category you want to delete and a trashcan icon will appear. Click on the icon and every calendar item from that activity category will be deleted from your calendar. A double confirmation of this action is required so you don’t delete anything accidentally.