Paper or plastic?
I love diaries! Filofax, cheaper filofax-like products, Moleskine… it’s all great! My husband uses his computer: Google Calendar and iCal. We have a few shared calendars on Google Calendar, which means that I have to make sure that the things in my diary are on the calendar so that we both know about them and don’t forget.
That didn’t happen a couple of times in 2007. It was very embarrassing.
Usually the act of writing something in my diary helps me to remember it. I use my diary to ascertain that I’m free, make a date and then I usually remember it. I don’t actually look at my diary that much — thus the odd occasion of forgetting things.
An ideal set-up
Even though I love diaries and I have a Parker pen that fits perfectly in a small diary. I’ve decided to go digital this year. I have my phone (Sony Ericsson S500i) that syncs perfectly with my computer. It can go out with me and be my diary.
My ideal calendar system looks something like:
Where the phone and computer software intuitively exchange and update information, which they already do. Also, where the computer and internet services (Google Calendar) intuitively exchange information.
I looked extensively into ways to sync Google Calendar and iCal (both ways). I could only find Spanning Sync (too expensive), and some scripts that didn’t seem easy or reliable enough.
There was also GooSync, which allows for phone-internet syncing, instead of computer-internet syncing. GooSync looks like a really good service, they offer a free account, but you need to pay for a premium account to sync more than one calendar. Leaving my “ideal” options like so:
I decided to compromise on my ideal set-up and have most of my calendars on Google Cal (subscribed to in iCal) with one iCal calendar for my phone, to upload appointments from my phone to my computer. The phone calendar is then subscribed to on Google Calendar using iCal Exchange.
It means that some of my appointments aren’t necessarily in the calendar they normally would be in (e.g. church, uni, or personal). It’s working for now and it’s free! I hope it continues to work when I’m more busy!
What’s your solution to organising your life?