At first glance, I appear to be a woman of this generation — I have the requisite Blackberry and laptop, and I even have a Facebook account. I have a dirty, little secret: I’m addicted to paper calendars. I have them at home and at the office.
I love the size and the ease of use of old-school wall calendars. These calendars are always front and center to remind me to check them. I even enjoy writing on them with a pen and crossing out changes. I like the size of the entries, the visual of the entire month, and the fact that I can look at it while I talk on the phone. The obvious downside of multiple paper calendars is that they either need to be synchronized manually (and regularly), or you miss deadlines (this blog was due yesterday.)
I could be more diligent about updating all of my scattered calendars, to refer to them on a daily basis, and to schedule reminders for myself…or I could give Google Calendar another try or really explore the features of Outlook Calendar. All of this might sound simple, but I guess I’m set in my ways.
My family and business schedules are growing exponentially. Some sort of change will need to come soon and I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it.
Over the last month, I’ve worked with two clients who love using their Sharpies! Both clients have calendars in their kitchen – one’s a dry erase board and the other is a paper calendar. Both use color to identify the various things happening in their lives and their children’s lives.
- Client #1 – uses a different color Sharpie for each child and for herself
- Client #2 – uses one color for all kids, one for her schedule, and one for everything else
Moral of the Story: Put your stuff on a calendar. Use color to keep track of your stuff. Get some Sharpies!
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