Brett from the Heritage Foundation in Utah is my guest blogger today. He has shared with us how he has conquered clearing clutter by using electronic calendars.
Too many calendars?
“When Marilyn asked me to write this, I warned her that I am not that organized. I said she hadn’t seen my work desk!” —so he even sent a photo. You are a brave man.
“A few years ago, I was wondering how I could possibly be organized. I never really liked paper calendars. I could never keep them updated and then I couldn’t afford to buy new ones. One year, I painstakingly put white out over dates in the planner that I hadn’t bothered to fill in instead of buying new pages. Then I just gave up.
I soon discovered computerized calendaring using tools such as Microsoft Outlook, but even with that I had to remember my appointments on paper or in my mind. That didn’t always work.
What has really made my life easier has been the transition to completely electronic calendaring synchronized across all devices. While there are many tools available, I use Google’s Calendar Sync tools. Because my employer requires me to use Microsoft Exchange, but my Blackberry phone doesn’t have an Exchange calendar, I use two tools, both of which require Google Calendar.
I use Google Calendar Sync for Outlook to get my computer calendars to sync up. Then I installed Google Sync for my phone. Using these tools, all of my appointments are on one calendar, obviously shared with Google, but I’m not too worried about that. Now I don’t have any need to carry around any paper calendars, and my life has been more organized than ever!”
I personally love my paper calendar but Brett makes this sound so easy I am going to check it out. I am always looking for new ways to help my clients in clearing clutter. Thanks Brett!