Bidding adieu to paper calendar hard to do

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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I’m usually pretty good about embracing technology and using it to make life easier. But there’s been one area I’ve been slow to adapt and that’s my calendar. Lately, that’s changed as we’ve created Google calendars for all of us here at Insight to help us better track what we’re doing and where we’re at as we continue to grow.

I went ahead and created a Google calendar (actually two of them…do my co-workers really need to know I have a Daisy meeting on Wednesday?) and then downloaded Google Sync so I can access my calendar on my Blackberry. While that all sounds good and modern, there’s a catch. I still have my paper calendar. In fact, I have two of them. I’m just not ready to let go yet. There’s something about seeing what I’m doing and where I’m at in black and white rather than just on a computer screen or on my Blackberry.

I also realize I am creating more work for myself since I not only enter events on my electronic calendar (which I found is really handy for storing other info such as directions and phone numbers), but also on the paper calendar. I don’t know what’s holding me back; I take my Blackberry with me everywhere. Maybe I’m worry my handheld won’t sync with my online calendar?

I’m not sure how to let go of my paper calendar, which I take nearly everywhere. Do I just “cut the cord” with my paper calendar or do I continue to enter everything twice? What do you do? If you have any pieces of advice, I’ll take it. I need to make a decision soon…my trusty paper calendar ends on June 30.

— By MaryBeth Matzek