Calendar Tips and Comparison Chart
Filling out some type of calendar is essential for time management, as well as managing your life and daily tasks. It doesn’t matter what calendar system you decide to use, whether you choose a paper organizer, an electronic schedule, or an app on your phone, if you don’t add in the things you need to do, it won’t do you any good. Use it daily and it will become a habit.
One of the most important things to remember about managing yourself and your calendar is to use just one calendar. Whether it is digital or paper, the only way to avoid double or overbooking yourself, and missing events or appointments is to know where you are obligated and expected to be every day.
Calendars are not only great for scheduling and managing your time properly but they can help you identify any upcoming financial obligations that you may have regarding your life or business, and allow you to make smart decisions on whether you should, or shouldn’t, make a financial investment at that time. When you come to the point in your life where you need a calendar it is important to understand that there are many different options out there, and each has different capabilities. Whether you choose an online calendar or a traditional paper calendar the following tips should help you keep a proper organized calendar.
Always Keep Your Calendar Handy
Having ease of access to your calendar will help you have access to all you need to do as well as an common area to write down any extra things you need to do always by your side.
Write Down Your Appointments and Tasks as They Arise
By writing things down as soon as you know they exist, you will eliminate any confusion that may come about if you were to try to remember them and write them down later.
Check Your Calendar Daily
If you check your calendar daily you are less likely to miss a deadline, meeting, or event that you have to go to. You can also take this time to see what meetings, appointments, or events you have coming up so you can plan accordingly and prepare for them if needed.
Experiment With Your Calendar and Learn What Works Best for You
The best way to figure out what type of calendar system works best for you is to experiment. It may take a little time to figure out what works best for you, but when you do, you will be much more efficient and organized. Some people prefer traditional paper calendars while others find electronic calendars more effective. However, it is up to you to choose something that will work for both you and others who may rely on you or your services.
The chart below features our top choices when it comes to online calendars, and calendar applications. We also included a column for traditional paper calendars to show that although they are extremely handy and don’t require internet there are some perks to moving your calendar online.
|Google Calendar||Fruux||OfficeCalendar||ZOHO||Traditional Paper|
|Web Embedding||x||x||x||With Images or Plug In|
|Cost||0||$0-$250.00/Year||$126/User||0||$0-$30 yearly for new|
No matter what you choose to document your daily tasks and events on, it is important to make sure that you are constantly updating, adding, and subtracting from your calendar. There is no point in figuring out a calendar and scheduling system if you are not going to avidly use it. However, if you use it properly this calendar and schedule will save you so much time and worry when you are wondering what you need to do each day, week, or month.