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Cut the hassle of scheduling meetings with these 4 tools

Take back some of your time and let these tools for scheduling meetings do some of the work for you.

If you're like me, you spend way too much time scheduling meetings. It's a necessary evil, but maybe it doesn't have to be so time consuming.

Here are four tools to help you set your meetings up more efficiently.

First up is Pick. Pick is relatively new. It compares calendars in real-time to find a meeting time that works for everyone involved. Then, it suggests a time and then books it.

Second is Assistant.to. Assistant to works through your email. So, instead of you copying and pasting in days and times you're available, this tool does it for you. And, all the recipient has to do is click on the timeslot they want, which triggers calendar invites all around.

Third is Doodle. You send out a link to everyone who needs to be included in a meeting, and each person designates the times they're available by checking boxes. Hopefully, you'll end up with a row of green boxes when everyone's free... that isn't at 4:30 on a Friday.

And finally, there's x.ai. This one's in closed beta right now, but keep an eye out for it in the future. X.ai uses artificial intelligence. When you went to schedule something, CC your virtual assistant "Amy" or "Andrew" and they take over the task of scheduling, just like a regular assistant.

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About Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.

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