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BusyCal Giveaway

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The great folks at BusyCal, the company behind our favorite calendar app, have been kind enough to let us giveaway 3 license codes.

If you’ve been reading Asian Efficiency for a while, you already know how much we like BusyCal. It’s simply the best calendar app on the Mac. Here’s a quick summary of the top 10 features why BusyCal is awesome. It addresses a lot of the shortcomings of iCal.

Now you have a chance to win a license key for BusyCal!

All you need to do is to leave a comment behind on this post and tell us why you want this app. That’s it!

Do this before this Thursday (May 23rd) 3pm PDT (6pm EDT) and we’ll randomly select three winners!

-Aaron and Thanh

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Posted by Patrick Grealish  | May 19, 2013 at 11:12PM |

Please count me in for the BusyCal give-away. Thanks

Posted by Adam Radtke  | May 19, 2013 at 11:21PM |

I’ve been looking for an advanced cloud syncing calendar app that is compatible with OS X and iOS. I love the customizable options, and I know it will blend well with my OmniFocus setup. Count me in. Thank you! :)

Posted by Chinese Album Guy  | May 19, 2013 at 11:21PM |

I want this app to help me drive my busy calendar into a more manageable state :) The current iCal is not enough for me :)

Posted by Pierre Lescarbesu  | May 19, 2013 at 11:22PM |

I want to use another app than ical

Posted by Andrew Saffer  | May 19, 2013 at 11:22PM |

I really like how it has a permanent sidebar pane to edit your appointments quickly. The Apple Calendar app has you double-click, and the Delete button is where the Continue button usually is. Drives me up the wall…

Posted by Jamie Allen  | May 19, 2013 at 11:23PM |

Kia Ora from New Zealand. Please please rescue this iCal user and delight our family with the brilliance of busycal which we’ve admired so long from afar. Pretty pretty please, you efficiency gurus x

Posted by Morgan  | May 19, 2013 at 11:23PM |

I need a better calendar app!

Posted by zad  | May 19, 2013 at 11:23PM |

I’m asian(from malaysia),
I want to be efficient(like asianefficiency),
I need more productive apps,
Apple calendar,its no good for me,
Thus, BusyCal will be the apps to add the efficiency!

Posted by Bernie  | May 19, 2013 at 11:24PM |

I would love to have a copy of Busy-Cal … It’s something I’ve considered purchasing in the past, and the “list view” feature alone seems to be worth the ticket price. This seems like a nice “one up” of the native Mac Calendar app.

Posted by Mark Smith  | May 19, 2013 at 11:24PM |

If you guys say it is great, than I take that as strong recommendation!

Posted by Laura  | May 19, 2013 at 11:24PM |

I’d love to have BusyCal because I’m a full time grad student, a mom, a teaching assistant AND a marketing manager. Having a great scheduling system is key to excelling at all those roles.

Posted by Amy  | May 19, 2013 at 11:27PM |

I live in the calendar-two kids, business to run and volunteer work. ICal is working every last nerve. I need to feel a little calendar love.

Posted by Parker Bennett  | May 19, 2013 at 11:27PM |

I’ve always been a fan of BusyCal (from its lineage to NowUp-to-Date), and would love a second license to upgrade my wife from version 1. It’s far superior to Calendar (even after you modify it to lose the torn paper), and I really appreciate the 2-week view.

Posted by Serena  | May 19, 2013 at 11:30PM |

Ah, in dire need of this app… quite possibly an important one I’ve not obtained yet in my AE collection – got my evernote, got my omnifocus, got my audiobooks, got the atimelogger v.2! (so sleek and UX is great) – and would love to complete the collection with busycal. PS. thank you guys really, you’ve turned my life around and currently eating my 2nd frog of the day, ate the ugliest one already and feeling so good :-)

Posted by Drew Beckley  | May 19, 2013 at 11:30PM |

While iCal does the basic job, it hasn’t been improved very much and I’ve wanted to try BusyCal for some times because it seems to allow a level of customization and flexibility that just aren’t there in iCal.

Posted by Leona  | May 19, 2013 at 11:30PM |

I rely on my calendar, and BusyCal has the features I need.

Posted by Brian  | May 19, 2013 at 11:31PM |

So I use Fantastical – but I could be persuaded with a free licence to Busy Cal :)

Posted by Lei  | May 19, 2013 at 11:31PM |

Am busy. At work and socially. Need to synch my sched as no one can actually have two calendars- work and social. There’s only 24 hours in one day and cannot divide it to two and run parallel :)

Posted by Vidyut  | May 19, 2013 at 11:33PM |

I want this app as it will help integrate both my productivity app ie calrnder and reminders

Posted by productivepal  | May 19, 2013 at 11:33PM |

Because I’d like to manage my time better.

Posted by productivepal  | May 19, 2013 at 11:34PM |

Also I saw the BusyCal app review on Screencasts Online and loved what I saw. :-)

Posted by John S Brooks  | May 19, 2013 at 11:36PM |

BusyCal would be a great enhancement for my iCal. I’m well aware of the advantages and appreciate the chance to win a license.

Posted by Linh  | May 19, 2013 at 11:36PM |

I’d like to use BusyCal for the 10 things you say is great about it.

Posted by Sagar  | May 19, 2013 at 11:36PM |

I wanna have that app cause I really need ist :)

Posted by Austin  | May 19, 2013 at 11:38PM |

I would love to try the list view in conjunction with the weather forecast to help make travel planning easier

Posted by Dingo  | May 19, 2013 at 11:39PM |

Been trying Outlook for Mac Calendar (no neat sync with icloud, leaves offline calendar files on my machine, which I would not want), Fantastical (good app, but the small footprint on screen does not help me get into perspective with my enormous appointments, meetings. I’m a business analyst, so I have quite a few customers with lot’s of projects at the same time). iCal is … ok (I guess), but as some folk above said it, it tested my nerves sometime when I’m trying to re-organizing my meeting schedules.

Busy-Cal, pretty please. :)

Posted by Ruben Parra  | May 19, 2013 at 11:40PM |

because you guys recommended and must be a great tool for productivity.

Posted by Katey  | May 19, 2013 at 11:42PM |

Ok, to be honest part of me wants it simply because you guys love it and I want to be all Asian Efficient just like you (even though I’m Norwegian and Italian)!. But that would be lame if it were my only reason…. I have actually wanted this app for a long time. I love the customization abilities of BusyCal and feel that it would be a perfect fit for my productivity goals. I’m self-employed and need to keep track of my personal appointments as well as appointments for my business and clients.

Posted by Jeff  | May 19, 2013 at 11:45PM |

Thought about trying it but never pulled the trigger. This would be great!

Posted by Vu  | May 19, 2013 at 11:45PM |

Looking for a new calendar app to replace iCal, and this looks great!

Posted by Jennifer  | May 19, 2013 at 11:47PM |

Save me from my horrible calendar that makes me continue to be a luddite!!! Your email advice worked wonders – hoping the same with the calendar!!!

Posted by Justin Taylor  | May 19, 2013 at 11:48PM |

Because BusyCal is easier to use than the standard calendar app.

Posted by Rog  | May 19, 2013 at 11:52PM |

I’ve heard that it’s a great app – really productive. I’ve bought fantastical, and wanted to use busycal too.

Posted by Andrew  | May 19, 2013 at 11:55PM |

I always need a better calendar app!

Posted by DanO  | May 19, 2013 at 11:56PM |

BusyCal looks like it would really offer an improvement in the way I use my calendar.

Posted by Mike  | May 19, 2013 at 11:57PM |

I have read positive reviews of BusyCal. I would like the App.

Posted by Desi  | May 19, 2013 at 11:59PM |

I downloaded and used a BusyCal trail that recently expired and I absolutely loved it! It made things so much more clear. I was able to give iCal a rest and I didn’t miss it one bit. I just had a baby and I can’t swing buying it right now but I’m saving!
I love BusyCal! It will be my next AppStore purchase.

Posted by Fabian Knopf  | May 20, 2013 at 12:00AM |

I need BusyCal to increase my productivity, since I had to log on with a VPN to leave this comment.

Best regards from Shenzhen,

Posted by Ian  | May 20, 2013 at 12:00AM |

I’d like a copy to keep my life in order.

Posted by Wynxz  | May 20, 2013 at 12:03AM |

Having tested for a period of time, its advanced features exceed other applications’ limitation.
Plus recommended by AE guys, wouldn’t it be nice to have such a powerhouse app that will help organize my super busy calendar to make myself and others around me better? I guess. :)

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.
Hope anybody who gets the app will utilize its capabilities to the fullest.

PS. I love setting certain perspectives/filters function!

Posted by Chad  | May 20, 2013 at 12:03AM |

I’m using the default right now. Clearly there’s some room for improvement here and BusyCal would be a huge help!

Posted by steve  | May 20, 2013 at 12:04AM |

busycal looks intriguing.

Posted by Brandon  | May 20, 2013 at 12:05AM |

Been using fantastical solely due to icals shortcomings. Would love to try a bit more feature rich app though.

Posted by JB Bryant  | May 20, 2013 at 12:05AM |

Because I’m soooo sick of iCal’s horrible Google Calendar sync…

Posted by Dennis  | May 20, 2013 at 12:11AM |

BusyCal is a great replacement for the skeumorphic rubbish that is iCal, although iCal is functional, BusyCal is better!

Posted by Razvan Azamfirei  | May 20, 2013 at 12:12AM |

I tested BusyCal for a while and was really happy with it. Also, I’m sick of iCal. Maybe, maybe, I’ll get a license…

Posted by Charles Byrd  | May 20, 2013 at 12:16AM |

I’ve wanted BusyCal for some time and a very interested in it although I think I was holding out for Exchange support. I’d love it now! Keep up the great posts guys!

Posted by erwinandfyre  | May 20, 2013 at 12:16AM |


Posted by edward  | May 20, 2013 at 12:22AM |

I want this because it’s recommended by you guys, so it must be a great application.

Posted by micheledc  | May 20, 2013 at 12:26AM |

I was very frustrated to see that BusyCal was asking full price for their latest update. I’ve used it for years and am fairly happy with the old version. I can’t afford the new version right now, but I’d sure like to try it.

Posted by William  | May 20, 2013 at 12:39AM |

Love to get this app to give me a better tool to manage my time!

Posted by mvopat  | May 20, 2013 at 12:47AM |

I wouldn’t mind seeing if this stacks up to Fantastical and iCal

Posted by flowchartwisdomAndre  | May 20, 2013 at 1:06AM |

Please count me in. I love Busycal!.

Posted by Andy  | May 20, 2013 at 1:08AM |

I would love to get this app.

Posted by Ary  | May 20, 2013 at 1:16AM |

I am using Fantastical but Busycal looks like a possible replacement for both Fantastical and the built-in calendar application…

Posted by Mike Pratt  | May 20, 2013 at 1:17AM |

You guys got me hooked on Omnifocus. I’m guessing Busycal will be just as helpful!

Posted by Nathan Henrie  | May 20, 2013 at 1:20AM |

iCal has been giving me issues since Mountain Lion, I’d love an excuse to try something new!

Posted by Jim Zhan  | May 20, 2013 at 1:25AM |

Thanks for bringing out this chance to get this beauty, my favorite two tools (the other one is OmniFocus from you guys :-)

Posted by Henning  | May 20, 2013 at 1:44AM |

I am a student with a 7 months old daughter and 2 part-time-jobs, and I need a functional and efficient calendar app that makes it possible for me to jugle all parts of my life, so that I can spend time with my daughter.

Posted by Jason  | May 20, 2013 at 1:53AM |

I’d like to win a copy so I can see what all the fuss is about. And who doesn’t like feedstuff anyway?

Posted by Pedro García Vigil  | May 20, 2013 at 1:54AM |

I’m looking for the best tools to improve my personal productivity, and BusyCal is one of the must-have, no doubt about it.

Posted by Andy Chen  | May 20, 2013 at 1:59AM |

Because I use Outlook cal.

Posted by Stefan  | May 20, 2013 at 2:08AM |

Hi, I considered BusyCal before but the purchasing price is too much for me. Would be nice to use this application, though. Thanks in advance. Stefan

Posted by squantrill  | May 20, 2013 at 2:09AM |

My wife is so fed up remembering stuff for me, that she is forcing me to enter to win this great app ;)

Posted by Niall O'Neill  | May 20, 2013 at 2:09AM |

I would always take seriously any recommendation from this site. Having looked at the specs I would also like to look at the number of days in a week option.

Posted by Steffen  | May 20, 2013 at 2:14AM |

I’m still using the standard OSX calendar and I miss these awesome features like To Dos and customizable views. So count me in :)

Posted by meewosh  | May 20, 2013 at 2:20AM |

I would like to get BusyCal because my trial is coming to an end and without any doubt – it’s the best calendar app for OS X I’ve ever used.

Posted by Phat  | May 20, 2013 at 2:42AM |

I use a hybrid of GTD + Agile Results to manage my tasks. A combination of Things, iCal, and Evernote for tools to tackle everything. I’ve read some great reviews about BusyCal and hope the powerful features on this app can take my productivity to the next level!

Posted by Alex  | May 20, 2013 at 2:59AM |

Why? Because I should stop trying to get around with using only iCal.

Posted by Robert  | May 20, 2013 at 3:12AM |

I would love to get the app. In Ical I miss the info panel in te sidebare to view and edit event details directly.

Posted by Dieter  | May 20, 2013 at 3:16AM |

Please count me in for the BusyCal give-away. Thanks

Posted by Kamil  | May 20, 2013 at 3:18AM |

I want this app because I want it! Now!

Posted by Ikari  | May 20, 2013 at 3:20AM |

iCal does’nt integrate in my workflow… I want to give BusyCal a try!

Posted by JamieVilasini  | May 20, 2013 at 3:33AM |

I think BusyCal is what i’m missing in my set up.. it will definitely go well with my Omnifocus/Omniplan/Calendar set up. iCal isn’t doing it for me. I manage a team of 9 graphic artists and i do most of my work from the road in far off places, and i’ve been waiting to try busyCal, but since i already forked out so much cash for omni programs (well worth it!) i didn’t want to splurge on this since iCal is free.. hook me up! thanks guys..

Posted by Yuri  | May 20, 2013 at 3:34AM |

I really can’t stand looking another second at that leather-textured skeumorphic catastrophe…

Posted by Siva  | May 20, 2013 at 3:43AM |

iCal on Steroids eh ?…. I would like to try please (Busycal that is!)

Posted by RitzMan  | May 20, 2013 at 3:46AM |

OMG, BusyCal would change my life forever!

Posted by Helma  | May 20, 2013 at 4:01AM |

I’d love to see if BusyCal can provide the overview and search for appointments I so desperately need.

Posted by Kwanza Bowe-Island Mommy  | May 20, 2013 at 4:08AM |

Hi, Aaron and Thahn,

I want busycal because Now, a higher purpose has called me back into leadership just last week. The Harvard Graduate School of Design selected 25 key business and community leaders to participate in an Executive Education course and spearhead a 3 year project called the Sustainable Exumas program, and I was honored to be one of those selected. It’s a 3-tiered social economic program focused around food/food security, health and the economy, and is funded by The Aga Khan (Foundation through Harvard) in partnership with the Bahamas National Trust and the government. We trying to improve our little island community and this is a great purpose opportunity ahead of us here in The Bahamas.

I need busycal to assist in managing this project + I just got my first Apple laptop and always needing to improve my productivity since the majority of the island is on island time:-)


Posted by aaronpeeters  | May 20, 2013 at 4:11AM |

I’ve just started following you guys through the material you offer about Omnifocus. But I will look into busycal now too!

Posted by George  | May 20, 2013 at 4:13AM |

I guess I reached iCal ceiling. Need more features. BusyCal might just be what I want!

Posted by Stephan  | May 20, 2013 at 4:20AM |

Often I select and deselect calendars; Smart filters/views would be very handy (among the many other features)

Posted by Jon  | May 20, 2013 at 4:21AM |

I’ve been working really hard over the last few weekends to develop a streamlined system for task and project management. I purchased and am utilizing your premium posts. However, I don’t have a premium calendar solution. I’d really love to have one if it can accomplish what you say!

Posted by Maya  | May 20, 2013 at 4:25AM |

I would love to win this, because I feel like the right calendar app is the missing link in my productivity setup. I am looking forward to the better calendar integration on Omnifocus 2 but even then I just want a schedule I can check on multiple devices, that doesnt fill up with rubbish from Facebook, and integrate with everything… could Busycal be the answer?

Posted by David  | May 20, 2013 at 4:44AM |

To test it. I try most of your recomendations.

Posted by Tze-Wen  | May 20, 2013 at 4:58AM |

The many different ways to customize Busycal’s appearance (font/color/display) look like a big improvement compared to iCal (which I’m still using). The price has me hesitating before buying though.

Posted by Harlee  | May 20, 2013 at 5:10AM |

I haven’t gotten BusyCal because I couldn’t decide between Fantastical and BusyCal, but I know for sure that iCal is not carrying the load well enough. I would love a chance to add BusyCal to the arsenal of apps I’ve already bought on your recommendation :)

Posted by Gafol  | May 20, 2013 at 5:16AM |

There is no better way to integrate your other GTD schemes and apps with your calendar .. Busy cal integration is just seamless.. Moreover it carries your undone tasks to the next day .. Saving valuable review time for the next day …a great add to your workflow

Posted by Alexander Semyonov  | May 20, 2013 at 5:16AM |

I would like to make the most productive desktop environment on my Mac, so I am very interested in giving BusyCal a chance to take place of default calendar application.

Posted by psychiatrietogo  | May 20, 2013 at 5:23AM |

I like busy cal, but I use an microsoft exchange calender, with which Busy Cal does not sync in the moment. So I could only use it for my work-and private calender, not for one additional calendar with lessons… But I would like to get the license…

Posted by Des  | May 20, 2013 at 5:28AM |

I need a solid calendar app. Been using Fantastical but Busycal will help me out more.

Posted by Jacob  | May 20, 2013 at 5:28AM |

Because I’m sooo busy and apparently BusyCal is too; that’s why we would be such a great BusyCouple living in a house made of pure productivity.

Posted by Brian R  | May 20, 2013 at 5:29AM |

Thanks for the giveaway

Posted by Mike Veenstra  | May 20, 2013 at 5:33AM |

It started with upgrading to my iPhone 5. I am not quite sure how a stumbled upon Asian Efficiency, but now I use a Pomodoro timer, become a Premium Post subscriber so that I could better utilize Omnifocus (on Mac, iPhone and iPad). Having been an Exchange user the last several years, I have started looking at calendars and got excited about Busycal, so I look forward to winning one of the licenses so I can ease up on my efficiency addiction budget:)

Posted by Richard  | May 20, 2013 at 5:43AM |

Thanks for the invite. Would love to be able to energize my calendar with BusyCal. Have heard great things about the app!

Posted by Svend Andreas Horgen  | May 20, 2013 at 5:50AM |

When you recommend something, I know that it will save me a considerable amount of time. I have learned so much from your site, and your recommendations have really boosted my productivity. I have heard about BusyCal before, but first when you wrote about it and linked to the top-ten-reasons for busycal, I checked it out. Many features are far superior to iCal and would integrate well with my overall workflow. I will start my BusyCal-life right now using the 30 day trial, and thereafter hopefully continue with an asianefficiency-signed key (which would be an honor to use :-)

Posted by Reid  | May 20, 2013 at 6:15AM |

Wahoo!!! I love give aways, what a fun idea :) hope there is some buzz generated for both AE & BusyCal with this give away :) great services the two of you I tell ya.

Used BusyCal for a month and loved it, but kept ignoring the countdown notices until I couldn’t use it any more :) silly me. Even if I am not randomly selected, I will get a license one day :)

Posted by Reid  | May 20, 2013 at 6:16AM |

Wahoo!!! I love give aways, what a fun idea :) hope there is some buzz generated for both AE & BusyCal with this give away :)

Used BusyCal for a month and loved it, but kept ignoring the countdown notices until I couldn’t use it any more :) silly me. Even if I am not randomly selected, I will get a license one day :)

Posted by Sandra  | May 20, 2013 at 6:17AM |

Have just sold house and need
Busy cal to help me get everything done in the appropriate time frame.

Posted by Dominic Zarlengo  | May 20, 2013 at 6:20AM |

Woo! Busy cal!

Posted by Terry Schwartz  | May 20, 2013 at 6:40AM |

Just read over the features list. I LOVE the idea of being able to scroll for extra events, and see more weeks at the end of the month. Thanks for the chance to win a license.

Posted by Peter  | May 20, 2013 at 6:48AM |

I’ve always been on the fence, but so far decided that BusyCal its just about not worth for my personal needs – but I’d love to have it though!

Posted by Antti  | May 20, 2013 at 6:54AM |

I’d like to test this calendar app that you are so highly recommending. iCal has its shortcomings.

Posted by Jonathan  | May 20, 2013 at 7:00AM |

Anything you two recommend, I’m willing to try! I love the calendar in MailPlane (which I got because you recommended it!), but if BusyCal is better, I’d be happy to use it.

Posted by Marta Nunes  | May 20, 2013 at 7:09AM |

Count me in for the the BusyCal giveaway ! I’m looking for a more efficient calendar.

Posted by Faith  | May 20, 2013 at 7:11AM |

I am working on a productivity tool that needs to work well with other calendar apps or replace them :)

Posted by Hanna  | May 20, 2013 at 7:18AM |

I’m a grad student who relies on public transit in a not particularly transit competent city – so knowing the weather right on my calendar would help me plan my week!

Posted by Kathy Nieder MD  | May 20, 2013 at 7:30AM |

Every app and many books you two have recommended have made an efficient difference in my life. I keep looking at BusyCal and thinking…maybe… so I’d love to use it!

Posted by Staffaction  | May 20, 2013 at 7:30AM |

Great app!

Posted by April bell  | May 20, 2013 at 7:32AM |

I run a business where I travel and have a 2 year old. Need I say more:)

Posted by James  | May 20, 2013 at 7:33AM |

We wants it.

Posted by Henry Yennie  | May 20, 2013 at 7:33AM |

Would LOVE a free license key!

Posted by Don Williams  | May 20, 2013 at 7:49AM |

Love the abilty to choosectime frame to view

Posted by Chris  | May 20, 2013 at 7:50AM |

I have literally almost bought this app so many times for the last two years but just never did it. I looked into it again after seeing your recent post on how it integrates with OmniFocus. Price tag just always felt to steep for me. Please show me why this is a “must have” app rather than a “wish list” app!

Posted by Maria Rita  | May 20, 2013 at 8:06AM |

I have been looking for an alternative to iCal that could be easily integrated with my stuff (omnificus!) but didn’t want to commit to anything paid yet. This is my chance.

Posted by Pedro Fonseca (  | May 20, 2013 at 8:18AM |

I would love to use BusyCal to take advantage of it´s powerful sync calendar options.

Posted by Dave  | May 20, 2013 at 8:28AM |

Intriguing! I’m always keeping an eye out for things like this! Thanks for the offer.

Posted by Walter Long  | May 20, 2013 at 8:32AM |

Here is my time management Haiku. I hope this will explain why I should win one of the three licenses:
Wild and busy fun.
Google Cal is still useless.
Busy Cal save me.

Posted by Dr. Antonio Martínez Borrero  | May 20, 2013 at 8:34AM |

Greetings from Ecuador in South America. I read you frequently and expect to have BusyCal

Posted by mritateacherRita  | May 20, 2013 at 8:42AM |

This is Rita from Brazil, trying to be efficient in a country where this is not cool. I’ve been looking for alternatives to iCal that can work with Omnifocus but didn’t want to commit to anything expensive yet. I’d love to try BusyCal with a free license. I’ll promise to make it work for me!

Posted by Debbie  | May 20, 2013 at 8:44AM |

10 kids, five different schools, and five different sports!

Posted by Michael Cabelin  | May 20, 2013 at 8:49AM |

I really, really dislike iCal, especially since it’s a mess integrating with my Google Calendar. I use an Android phone (gasp!), and, so unifying all of this would be awesome!

Posted by Leo R. Brancazio  | May 20, 2013 at 8:53AM |

I would like to win a copy

Posted by Tim  | May 20, 2013 at 9:02AM |

I would love high-end calendar performance without the faux-leather skin!

Posted by Jonathan Carlier  | May 20, 2013 at 9:03AM |

Everything you guys recommend works for me, I would love to try Busy Cal!

Posted by Peter Graves  | May 20, 2013 at 9:08AM |

iCal is like Pong in an Angry Birds universe. The calendar needs to catch up with all us Asian Efficient types.

Posted by Rebecca  | May 20, 2013 at 9:19AM |

You made me curious. I’m anxious to find out how my planning can be made more lean.

Posted by rsalermo (  | May 20, 2013 at 9:22AM |

Hi, From a newbie to AE and BusyCalc I’m really excited about the new processes I’m implementing into my daily workflow using the great tips I’m learning here.


Posted by Erick  | May 20, 2013 at 9:22AM |

Been implementing a brand new workflow after getting all the great material found in the AE Premium Collection. This would fit in great and I love the options I see in BusyCal. Sign me up!

Posted by Alan Dearborn  | May 20, 2013 at 9:23AM |

I would love to switch to BusyCal from iCal after hearing so many good experiences from users on many podcasts.

Posted by Kenneth Coakley  | May 20, 2013 at 9:45AM |

Now that you’ve got me hooked on OmniFocus, I’m ready to start using the calendar app recommended by Asian Efficiency.

Posted by aadenyihongchen  | May 20, 2013 at 9:48AM |

Thanks for the opportunity to get the helpful tool. I would like to apply it in my daily plan.

Posted by adam  | May 20, 2013 at 10:00AM |

the menu bar – so i don’t have to even launch the app, and the alarm panel – so i can stay up to speed on notifications – do it for me… and the general flexibility of customisation is really useful. plus having the option to display the weather display is very nifty!

Posted by Fred Zelders  | May 20, 2013 at 10:04AM |

I heard and read SO MUCH about the awesomeness of this app that I am very anxious to run it on my MacBook Air too.

Great initiative by you guys. :)

Posted by gaoruijie (  | May 20, 2013 at 10:08AM |

Like: the UI design, so cool and easy to use
Dislike: No iphone app available, and a little expensive.

I am using Fantastical.

Posted by Adam  | May 20, 2013 at 10:10AM |

BusyCal is an app that’s been on my wishlist for a long time now. I’ve just never broken down and made the purchase. I use Fantastical primarily to add meetings and appointments to my calendar—something it does very well. I don’t, however, have a good application that allows me to work in and on my calendar for the purpose of planning, etc. The native calendar app just doesn’t do it for me, but I think BusyCal might.

Posted by Dominic Zarlengo  | May 20, 2013 at 10:19AM |

I really want this license because I have been trying this product for the last 30 days, and it really ups my efficiency with all the extra features it has over iCal.

Posted by socalbonnie  | May 20, 2013 at 10:29AM |

I like the extra flexibility BusyCal gives you, especially with my Google calendars: I can sync very easily. You can also see your To Dos right on the days you want to do them. I never use iCal anymore, but haven’t been able to upgrade to the latest BusyCal version, so hooray for a giveaway!

Posted by Chris Boehner  | May 20, 2013 at 10:40AM |

It is the best calendar app! I have it already but would be happy to gift it to a fellow productivity enthusiast!

Posted by Lydia  | May 20, 2013 at 10:45AM |

Loving all the features the app has available! Awesome giveaway!

Posted by Andre  | May 20, 2013 at 10:52AM |

Have had my eye on this app for awhile now but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Anything to make life more efficient! :-)

Posted by Mark Emery  | May 20, 2013 at 10:57AM |

Since June 24th, 2002, I have been off work on disability. I awoke that morning with a neurological type disability. The worst part of this is I have very little ability to remember things. For 11 years I have been trying to find ways to remember to go to doctor appointments, take my prescriptions, etc. So far, the best solution I have found is through the use of Apple Mail and iCal. I am always looking for better applications to use than Apple Mail and iCal. I remember, years ago, trying and liking BusyCal, but I couldn’t afford to purchase it. I would love to win one of the 3 licenses. Whether I do or not win, do you have any email applications you like better than Apple Mail?

Posted by Karl Palmer  | May 20, 2013 at 11:04AM |

I’d love to update to BusyCal 2. It’s a great alternative to the standard Calendar and Reminders apps, syncs to OmniFocus and is one of AE’s, Don McAllister’s and Merlin Mann’s favourite apps.

Posted by James Green  | May 20, 2013 at 11:09AM |

Because I need more calendar awesomeness in my life!

Posted by Ed  | May 20, 2013 at 11:15AM |

I really need a better solution to my calendar. It sure looks like this is it!! I didn’t win the big Powerball jackpot but this would be a nice consolation prize!!

Posted by Rahul Kapadia  | May 20, 2013 at 12:42PM |

This app will really help me be more efficient at scheduling events, I really need it

Posted by Johan  | May 20, 2013 at 12:53PM |

I need a new experiment.

Posted by Dick Robinson  | May 20, 2013 at 12:58PM |

We would LOVE to use BusyCal, and win a license. We are a husband and wife team who do non-profit work in the Amazon jungles of Peru, upriver from the city of Pucallpa. We have a work team in Pucallpa, and we host teams doing construction and installing water filters in indigenous villages along the river. We both use iPhones, and scheduling is so important to coordinate different activities between here in the US and in Peru. Thank you.

Posted by Mike  | May 20, 2013 at 1:15PM |

Busy-Cal, please.

Posted by Michael Lee  | May 20, 2013 at 1:24PM |

I can always use an awesome organization app

Posted by Evan Lovely  | May 20, 2013 at 1:24PM |

Great! I’m interested in BusyCal because I’d like to manage my booked freelance web design hours better and I hope this can help. Fantastical is already a great menu bar app, but I think this may be a better full use app. Cheers!

Posted by Austin Finch  | May 20, 2013 at 1:27PM |

Count me in I am needing a replacement that works well with multiple calendars and omnifocus.

Posted by Monica Lopez  | May 20, 2013 at 1:30PM |

I was introduced to busycal by your website and I love how functional it is and how many ways you can customize it to reflect your priorities

Posted by Deb  | May 20, 2013 at 1:50PM |

Is it worth using BusyCal if I am on Exchange? I don’t believe there is native support, but I have read there are some work arounds.

Posted by Chris  | May 20, 2013 at 1:57PM |

Because I did not win the $580M powerball. I really need a win. And because BusyCal + Fantastical = world calendar domination.

Posted by Scot Herrick  | May 20, 2013 at 2:07PM |

I’ve been looking for a calendar app that is scalable and visually appealing. iCal is my least favorite Apple App.

Posted by James T  | May 20, 2013 at 2:16PM |

I would love a BusyCal license key as bare bones iCal is not cutting it for me.

Posted by Florian  | May 20, 2013 at 2:20PM |

Always need to be more productive! And this would be a good reason to upgrade my MBA to OSX 10.8 :-)

Posted by philippe99  | May 20, 2013 at 2:22PM |

It could be a great remplacement fo old-fashionned iCal

Posted by jfong  | May 20, 2013 at 2:26PM |

I’m just a heavy iCal user and something new, different and with more appealing GUI will be great!

Posted by Stephen  | May 20, 2013 at 3:46PM |

I need a better calendar app and some new software to re-motivate me!

Posted by Gorm Eriksen  | May 20, 2013 at 3:49PM |

More filtering, more views – more productive. I would grow my business with BusyCal. And OmniFocus + BusyCal can sync .. Awesome.

Posted by Rusty  | May 20, 2013 at 3:52PM |

How else would I keep 300 high schoolers on schedule?

Posted by Bloerch  | May 20, 2013 at 4:01PM |

Searching a long time for a calendar tool on my Mac and couldn’t find the right one until today…

Posted by Steve Hoefer  | May 20, 2013 at 4:04PM |

A great app…looking forward to Exchange integration!

Posted by Len W.  | May 20, 2013 at 4:37PM |

I need more functionality than iCal and Calendar offer me.

Posted by Cam  | May 20, 2013 at 4:53PM |

A poor college student like me could only afford FantastiCal, but I know that BusyCal is a great combo with it, and I’d love to be able to say so personally.

Posted by Hasan Diwan  | May 20, 2013 at 6:58PM |

I use Google Calendar and, if I don’t win, will probably write a menu bar extension for what I want to do with it. However, you can save me a few hours of aggravation by awarding me with one of the three licenses.

Posted by Austin Bellantoni (  | May 20, 2013 at 8:14PM |

I’ve been a iCal user for sometime now and am in dire need of a switch. Ever since I’ve started following the Asian Efficiency blog, I’ve taken my calendar usage to a whole new level. I think BusyCal would finally offer the functionality that I find is missing from iCal. Please enter me into the BusyCal draw! Thanks Aaron & Thanh :)

Posted by Michael  | May 20, 2013 at 8:57PM |

I’ve been a reader of your blog intermittently for the last 6 months or so. I bought OF premium posts about 3 mos. ago and skimmed through it. I’ve been realizing my workflow, in general, can really use some help but I kept putting off getting up to speed. Well, I read OF premium posts Part 1 this weekend and put mostly everything into action immediately. I’m jammin’ today! so, I know i’d like to migrate to BusyCal….:)

Posted by Robert Bergman  | May 20, 2013 at 10:00PM |

There’s little question that BusyCal is a first caliber application and a ‘go-to’ for calendaring stuff. It’d cover all of my needs if they added an IOS version rather than simply syncing with IOS’s Reminders and Calendars. Still, I can adjust. I’d rather not, thought

Posted by Sergelen  | May 21, 2013 at 12:04AM |

It is always a good thing to try out more efficient ways to get things done. BusyCal maybe the one that I was looking for calendaring apps.

Posted by Prashant Bavi  | May 21, 2013 at 12:58AM |

AE is a great source to learn new ways for self productivity, time management and it also helps you get back on the track for stuff that you have tried adopting but failed miserably. Examples are omnifocus, mind mapping, rapid reading, agile technique. Their recommendations to buy Mac bundles are also great. Have been looking at BusyCal and Fantastical for some time.

Posted by Burcak Sayinsoy  | May 21, 2013 at 2:58AM |

Always want to try something new and BusyCal is the one on top of my list. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted by Zac Zheng  | May 21, 2013 at 5:19AM |

I want BusyCal because it’s so much better than Apple’s iCal! Especially liking these features: ability to show any 7-day stretch in weekly view by pressing apple key + alt left/right, banner texts, how all-day events are displayed at the top and the alert boxes!

Posted by thoreinar  | May 21, 2013 at 5:52AM |

Would love to use busy cal.

Posted by Gloria Niño  | May 21, 2013 at 10:33AM |

I want Busical for it looks much better than Microsoft outlook that I am using with lots of problems for being the only Mac user at my office. I would like to know if aI recieve an Outlook invitation if it is posible that when I accept the invitation it will be registered in Busycall.

Posted by Gail  | May 21, 2013 at 10:49AM |

I would love to have my to-do’s on a calendar view with automatic rescheduling to the next day. Thanks!

Posted by Michael Roth  | May 21, 2013 at 11:29AM |

As someone who works full time and has a part-time job teaching (like any teaching job is part time…) I look forward to using BusyCal to keep my various calendars (work, school, and home) in sync and actually useful. Like the idea of being able to pull up my calendar on my various devices (MacBook, iPhone and iPad) and see just what the heck I should be doing and where I should be doing it.
Also the ability to apply filters(“now where was the Boy Scout meeting going to be?”)and cut through the noise is additional wonderfulness.
And, as an added bonus, I am hoping that BusyCal is the killer app that will finally convince by beloved spouse (bless her heart) to move from a Windows machine to a Mac.

Posted by Clark Whiting  | May 21, 2013 at 1:21PM |

you should give the licence to me just because ;~) – I’ve implemented every other program into my work flow like you’ve suggested. after reading about the differences and what this program has to offer it would be a great addition!

Posted by michael  | May 21, 2013 at 2:39PM |

i trust your recommendation for a great calender. ;-)

Posted by 2mycloud  | May 21, 2013 at 3:13PM |

Fantastic product!

Posted by wlp  | May 21, 2013 at 3:45PM |

More wonderful advice from Asian Efficiency! Busy-Cal looks awesome! I love that you can customize the view, and the fonts. I like the way to the ‘ to do’s show up and roll over (because of the color coding too!). I love that the menu bar icon is also color coded!

Thanks Aaron and Thanh for more great advice! :)

Posted by Pamela  | May 21, 2013 at 4:24PM |

Love the look of the weather integration. While I may not like taking time to learn a new app, I trust your recommendations. Thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by Ruslan  | May 21, 2013 at 4:33PM |

I would love to use BusyCal. Thank you.

Posted by hcc  | May 21, 2013 at 4:52PM |

BusyCal would be great for managing schoolwork!

Posted by Peter  | May 21, 2013 at 6:11PM |

This would be great for work!

Posted by Ryo  | May 21, 2013 at 8:26PM |

Please count me in!

Posted by Jackie  | May 21, 2013 at 9:46PM |

The ical application doesn’t seem to do what I need and since you two recommend BusyCal, I trust the recommendation!

Posted by Dmitry  | May 21, 2013 at 11:21PM |

Want this awesome app for a while;) As it shows the weather forecast:))

Posted by Florian Taltavull  | May 22, 2013 at 11:11AM |

I just recently saw this “Example of Time Management Case Studies and Analysis”, in this case with somebody called Florian. I read it and was really impressed, as I found some similarities (starting with the name) and saw that you set him up with some apps (including BusyCal). I’ve seen in lots of times before, but never tried it. Maybe I should now!

Posted by Jan  | May 22, 2013 at 2:41PM |

I´d love to give BusyCal a try. I use Fantastical with my Iphone but couldn´t decide which app to use on my Mac. I´m an outdoors guy so what I like most is the Weather forecast.

Posted by Terri  | May 22, 2013 at 2:42PM |

Considering I’m currently staggering along with Google Cal, Lotus iNotes at work, and a paper calendar…I could use all the help I can get! :-)

Posted by Alan  | May 22, 2013 at 3:33PM |

Looks like a great App to drive productivity. Just what I need!!!

Posted by richardfordmusic  | May 22, 2013 at 3:40PM |

My constant frustration at iCal and refusal to even open Outlook demonstrates a need for something else. BusyCal sounds like the solution. If it works I will personally tell hundreds of Mac users, and they will each tell hundreds of Mac users until it forces Apple to buy BusyCal for $1Billion in cash and stock…

Posted by bx  | May 22, 2013 at 4:10PM |

I’d love Busycal because the native calendar application on the mac pales in comparison. It drives efficiency, which is always good.

Posted by Moadenildo  | May 22, 2013 at 4:45PM |

I want a copy of BusyCal so i can be more Asian Efficient! :)

Posted by Johnny  | May 23, 2013 at 2:37AM |

I would loveee to have BusyCal so I could set up custom searches and save them as new views.

I downloaded the demo and created one named “Meetings”. It searches all events in the next few months then shows me everything containing a meeting-esque keyword such as: g+, skype, phone, call, dinner, meet, etc. The custom view shows them in a chronological list view which is very useful. Then when coupled with the shortcut combos, I can just hop to the view and back to my week in a snap. I am LOVING this demo!

Posted by DMB  | May 23, 2013 at 2:48AM |

When I’m busy, I’d like to concentrate on the creative work, not on the task management. BusyCal helps me to do just that. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

Posted by Marc S  | May 23, 2013 at 2:58AM |

Loving Busycal for sharing calendar with family. The way iCal should be…

Posted by Tamara  | May 23, 2013 at 1:45PM |

I’ve been looking for a calendar with tasks. Tried a few different ones, but none worked for me. Would love to try this one . . .

Posted by David Hill  | May 23, 2013 at 3:01PM |

I need a calendar for my iTouch

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