that are still people who keep their calendar on a medium extracted from dead trees? As I walked through the cafeteria this morning, I noticed that there were a number of people who keep their schedules on paper (how first century)! Some were bound into planners and some were raw printouts from Outlook, but they were all so static and single-purpose. All kidding aside, it made me think for a few minutes about my organizational past.
I worked for Franklin Covey back when Covey Leadership was a competitor and I carried every size of day planner they sell for years (except for the 8.5 x 11 version). When I got my hands on my first Palm Pilot Professional, things changed forever. I have turned away from paper-based planning systems and will never look back. A few things my PDA can do that a paper planner can’t:
- Dynamically display my calendar in any format I want (agenda, day, week, month, etc)
- Keep mountains of data without growing in size
- Store the equivalent of a book worth of maps
- Play music while I work
- Synchronize my checkbook data with Microsoft Money on my PC
- Allow me to reply to email off-line (or online for that matter)
- Browse the internet, and
- Schedule appointments with other people
That’s just the list of things that I came up with in 30 seconds without thinking too much about it I am sure that if I spent a little time, I could at least double that list. I am absolutely addicted to my device and can’t imagine ever going back to paper, but I know that planner companies sell millions of calendars every year. I just don’t see the appeal. What do you think?