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Did you know…

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?

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3 thoughts on “Did you know…

  1. Well, you must admit, there are things paper can do that electronic devices can’t, like function without batteries, and not require a reset or malfunction in some other software related way.

    I used a Palm for years but nowadays I generally keep track of things with tiny bits of paper. I’m still not sure which method is better. I may change my mind when I get a new phone though.

  2. Things your Franklin planner would never dream of:

    Crashing and loosing all your data.
    Falling on the ground requiring a $500 “oops fee”.
    Display the Microsoft Logo.
    Deliver an exception fault or Blue screen.

    PDAs are cool, but it is still technology in its infancy. Lets see where these clunky belt decorators lead too…

  3. I’ve never been the smartest, the paper planners won’t spellcheck for me.

    If you need to reference back to an old appointment or contact you need to DIG and pray that you remembered exactly what day you wrote that on. My memory sucks, but that is the point of carrying a calander right

    Security is another issue, my pda/phone can’t sport a cool little lock and key.

    Your right it might cost us a few bones if I destroy my pda/phone, but I would much rather do that then pay for new inserts for your planner, pens, paper, new organizer, and have to rewrite a new contact list from old worn out pages, Not to mention, have you tried to keep a truely alphabetized contact book out of a planner.

    Again, I’m not that smart, that is why I have the computer do all the work for me. 😉

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