help, please?

I usually don’t do this but I could use the help of the handful of people that read this blog. This month has been a (somewhat) harsh reminder that I need to better organize my calendar. Right now I keep a google calendar. The problem is that I am not consistent about updating or referring to it. Instead I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants and drawing upon my failing memory. Not good.

I’ve decided for the new school year, I need to make a change. I need a system that works. One thing is certain, I need to actually refer to my calendar on a regular basis. I’m working on that.

I’m torn between the digital and analog worlds. Digital is clean, perpetual and paperless but I can’t easily carry it around with me. I don’t have a smart phone–don’t really want one–and find even carrying an ipod around with my schedule too cumbersome. An analog calendar lets me scribble things on paper, which helps me remember, and is more likely to be carried around. But that calendar can’t be easily accessed by e–which is important for coordinating our schedules.

Suggestions? Systems that work? Magical apps? An awesome paper calendar? Your input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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5 Comments on "help, please?"

  1. calvin
    20/09/2011 at 8:35 am Permalink

    Hey!
    so this could be an option for you if you check texts often enough and have a large text msg allowance.

    http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=37245

    you could get you daily agenda texted to your phone everyday at 5am.

    hope this helps!

    Calvin

  2. calvin
    20/09/2011 at 8:41 am Permalink

    oh, forgot to say how to get the daily agenda to your phone. each cell carrier creates an email account for every cell number. (not sure if they’ve changed they’re addresses) if you have:
    att: [cell number]@txt.att.net
    tmobile: [cell number]@tmomail.net.
    Verizon: [cell number]@vtext.com
    sprint: [cell number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com

    do keep in mind if you have a full agenda it will come in multiple messages.

    ok i think that’s in.

  3. calvin
    20/09/2011 at 8:46 am Permalink

    .. ok me again (clearly i’m a talker and not a writer haha). perhaps this should be clarified one last bit. you’d create a notification that went to you email (since that’s the only option) and you’d create a filter for that email (from subject line and/or email address) to forward to your text message email.

    ok now i think that’s in … not that’s in.

  4. Christine
    20/09/2011 at 8:58 pm Permalink

    we stick with an old school calendar. we have a whole year one on the side of our refrigerator. the bad thing is that you have to write small but the good thing is that you can see what is coming up and everyone passes it daily to see what’s going on and adds to it as needed. it came with a dry erase pen but everything kept getting erased when people walked by and rubbed up against it. now we have a extra fine tip sharpie handy for everyone to write stuff they want to remember. I tried getting everyone a different color but the pens kept getting lost…sometimes there’s nothing wrong with doing things the old fashioned way!

  5. jos
    25/09/2011 at 6:20 pm Permalink

    I keep a slim, month view paper calendar and a google calendar which I access via my smart phone. But I have to say, I really rely on the paper version the most, and use the e-version for long term planning and recurring events. I’m currently using a Moleskine that I got for half price. But since you’ve got more people to account for… I’d suggest going for a weekly view calendar.

    One other option is something I’ve done at work where we use Microsoft Outlook: print out a weekly view to carry throughout the work week. There’s probably an option for this in any e-calendar you use.

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