a time, not too long ago, when the loss of a paper planner spelled a personal
organization and time management disaster of epic proportions. In fact, one Saturday a few months ago, I was panicked
by the thought that I lost my paper planner. After driving into the office, I
was relieved to see it, in plain view right on my desk.
evolution of web-based applications has liberated many of us from
total paper dependency by providing a range of online options for planning and
tracking our daily tasks and activities, I had resisted letting go of my
planner. During my trip back to the office on that Saturday, I decided the time
had come to take advantage of the benefits of going digital.
actually was easier than I anticipated. I entered all my contact information
into my blackberry, and began to use Lotus Calendar (which is synced from our
email system) for all my appointments.
I used my paper planner as well, keeping both for about two months. After realizing
that I hadn't needed to look at the paper planner during the entire two month
period, I gave it up and went totally digital.
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go of my paper planner has made it so much easier to organize my life (both
business and personal), and with the added security of back up, it's negated the need for a Saturday trip to the office! Let us know how you have transitioned from
paper to digital!
by Candie Harris
I did lose my planner. So I decided to go cold turkey. I wish that I was finding it as easy as you say, but I really miss my paper planner. I've been without it for 6 months, and I almost broke down yesterday and purchased a new one. I have to admit, I haven't missed any flights or meetings, but I just don't feel like I have the control that I used to have over my time.
Well here are a few things that I did to help me feel more in control:
- At the beginning of the month, I did print out my monthly schedule to see what was coming up
- At the beginning of the week, I also printed out my weekly schedule
- And every morning I would print out my daily schedule
- However, since switching to the updated version of Lotus, where I can see my day on the same screen as my email, I don't feel the need to print out anymore
- In addition, I use the alarm function of the calendar, which reminds me of meetings or special events. I also use that to put special reminders on a specific day of either follow ups or actions I want to take for that day
Hope those hints help!
I will take you up on your suggestions and let you know how it goes.
Thanks for taking the time to respond back.
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