Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday - Backwards Edition

It's a "backwards edition" of Works for Me Wednesday. That means instead of me giving you tips, I get to ask you what works for you!

So my question is this: In this day of all manner of techno-gadgets, how do you keep track of appointments and dates?The thing is, I really would like to go electronic with my datebook but so far I haven't found a method that suits me as well as an old-fashioned paper-and-pen calendar. The internet-based calendars that I have tried out don't have the features I want, and I'm afraid I wouldn't have the patience for poking around on a PDA with a stylus.
So I want to know: What works for you?
Do tell!

13 comments:

TransitionGirl said...

My cell phone allows me to sync with the Outlook calendar on my computer. So I usually type in my appts and sync them via bluetooth to my computer. If you don't have bluetooth inbuilt, than usually there's a data wire that you can connect your computer and cell phone.

Andrea said...

As much as I am for electronics, I am old fashioned with my planner. I use the Franklin Covey system - the "seven habits of highly effective people" company. You can order online, and the workshops are helpful, but pricey. The pages are a little pricey too, but I splurge because for $25 I can be organized for a year. They have a lot of electronic programs for PDA and such, you should check them out at www.franklincovey.com and request a free catalog.

Dawnie said...

sadly I cannot help you...u know why? because even at the old age of 50, I still keep the majority of appointments in my head! I have pocket calendars, only God could tell you where they physically are. I have a calendar I use for work--thats all I use that for. So for the rest I keep it in my head. And i can honestly tell you--I rarely miss a thing. One time I showed up a day early for a meeting at work!

Dori said...

you mean you are supposed to write appointments down? Maybe that's why I can't remember them!!! Really, I use iCal on my mac laptop and is syncs with my iPhone...I'm trying to get used to using iCal instead of just trying to remember things. It is much easier now that I can easily put them in my phone OR type them into a calender in my computer.

Sweetpeas said...

I've tried a variety of electronic options (computer & PDA) and I always come back to plain old pen & paper. I like being able to jot notes on that day's page and such.

Laurie Ann said...

Electronics are great but I still use paper. It works for me! :)

Luke said...

I used a day planner in high school to keep track of homework assignments because they were all over the place. I had a PDA in college. It died and I thought I would be lost.

I wasn't.

Then my watch died and I never replaced it.

So, I don't use a watch or a day planner any more.

However, I do have my computer at work rigged with a calendar that pops up reminders to go meetings. Otherwise, I'm in "work mode" and forget to do anything else.

~Luke

Joy said...

I still go by the calendar on my wall..lol At work I keep things on google calendar..it works pretty well.

Kirstin said...

I just asked the same question so I'm probably not much help (C: I'd love to go electronic but the only thing I have is a laptop and that won't go everywhere with me.

I'm thinking pen and paper is good because it's easily accessible, the battery won't die if you forget to charge it and the chances of losing information are slim....but I'd still love to go electronic.

Genelle said...

I'm probably not going to be much help to you if you've found that online calendars don't work for you. I understand they don't work for everyone, but they have been a godsend to me! I use Google Calendar and I have it set up to send me text message reminders to my cell phone and email reminders to my email account before appointments. This way I rarely forget anything. It has become especially helpful now that I'm pregnant and the baby is stealing all of my brain cells. I've got a serious case of pregnancy brain. Good luck!

A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, Great question. I hope you find a solution that works for you! xo rachel
P.S. Please come see me.
xo rachel

Toots said...

Maybe I am old fashoined, but I love my PlanAhead Dayrunner. It keeps my life in order. I'd be lost without it! I can't even imagine trying to keep our family schedule in electronic form. My eyes get so tired of computer screens already. I'll probaby still be writing away in my Dayrunner when I'm old and gray.

pamela said...

My cell phone and my calender through outlook helps me keep some of the appointments and notes together. However,when i am in a writing mood-pen and paper!