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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Methods of organization

I'm trying to discover the best way for me to stay organized with my calendar, scout functions, school deadlines, sports, etc. along with my to do lists, and various projects in various states of completion. Should I utilize an electronic method of doing this? Utilizing Microsoft Outlook like I currently do coupled with a simple binder of paper that is full of notes?

Should I create a "house control binder" and put all important information in there....

Should I get a daytime and learn to write in pencil again.

Thing is, I'm an anal-retentive list maker but I can't stand having 20 things on a list and 10 of them crossed of... I want a CLEAN list...so then I create waste printing out a new fresh one... LOL. It's a vicious cycle. I'm considering getting a Blackberry, and I'm thinking that would help with the calendaring situation since it would be real time updates between the two (a good thing) but??? I don't know... still trying to find what works for me.

What works for you?

2 comments:

MaryC said...

I have an iPod touch that can handle everything, including lists. I have a vacation calendar, it syncs with my Google calendar, it has a notes application, a lists application and a multitude of other functions to keep me on track. I highly recommend one.

chksngr said...

Ok...to be REALLY honest, I'd recommend Outlook 2007...I use it at work and have my blackberry sync'd to it. Its awesome. You have the ability to create multiple calendars for whatever and then see them all at once, it has a VERY robust task list with categories and about as many ways of viewing tasks as you can dream up, it has a full contacts list, again that you can customize in a million different ways and it has this nifty little stiky notes thing where you can just put things you want to remember on virtual sticky notes. Plus, when its Christmas card time or invite time or announcement time, the contact list fully integrates with all the microsoft software so you can print labels or generate customized Christmas letters or whatever. AND Blackberry can sync with all of the functions if you want it to. Its SOOOO easy to manage. You can download a free 60 day trial or test drive it on line to take a look at it at the microsoft site . I will warn you, tho...NOT cheap...outlook 2007 upgrade is around $100 for a non-student version and then the blackberry...which may actually be free depending upon your carrier, but the required data plan adds an extra $40 or so to your monthly cell bill.

Seriously, I am a planner...I still carry a notebook everywhere for notes or sketches or whatever. I like lists too, tho, and I've not found a better way to keep track of all the things I have to keep track of than my blackberry. I don't know how I ever lived without it.