When it comes to scheduling my life, including appointments, meetings, birthdays and events, I’ve been struggling ever since I ditched my Franklin planner and went with a PDA. I used my Handspring loyally for about a year with some success. I felt more on top of things, but I also felt that I was spending a lot of time inputting and checking.
Writing on paper was so much easier.
Then I started freelancing and I couldn’t sync my PDA with Lotus Notes at my client and I’ve been at a loss ever since. It’s especially troublesome when another client inquires about my availability on Thursday and I can’t remember my availability because my calendar is on a computer in Ada and I’m in my office at home.
Really, the PDA poriton isn’t as vital to me as the ability to view something from whatever computer I’m accessing. Yes, having something portable would make things a bit more convenient, but I’m not THAT busy. I’m not calling clients from the road or scheduling appointments on the fly. I do that mainly when I’m at home.
So I’ve been experimenting off and on with some online calendars, none of which has thrilled me to death.
This, my friends, has potential. This is Day 1, of course. And Day 1 is never a true measure. What I need is to make it to Day 7, or Day 12. Something more substantial. Yet this option feels more exciting than any of the others I’ve tried. A step in the right direction indeed.