I have always been a hand-written-planner-kind-of-girl. I like being able to see my entire week laid out in front of me and to be able to write lists and check them off, and there’s always something about getting that fresh new planner each year and filling out the crisp, clean pages.
I have tried on a couple occasions to switch to a digital/electronic planner, and each time I went back to my spiral-bound one. I think a big contributing factor was that I was always afraid to rely on just my PDA/email calendar/phone calendar, so I continued using my written one…and maintaining two calendars is very difficult. In my experience, if you don’t use the digital one as your primary…or only…planner, then you won’t always have your entire schedule in there and will continue relying on what you’re used to. And eventually you won’t use the electronic one at all.
But now that I have a smart phone (iPhone 5) and it syncs my Google calendar (which previously I wasn’t really using), I thought maybe I’d give it a go again. (I’m using iPhone but think you can do the same with a Droid phone calendar.) It’s about time to order a new written planner, so it was either that or take the leap. Here’s what convinced me to switch:
Why to Use Your Phone’s Calendar
- You likely always have your phone with you, and this way your calendar always is, too!
- More compact than carrying even the smallest planner in your purse.
- It’s easy to add/delete/change appointments, so there’s never any scratch marks or sloppy looking pages.
- You can share/sync calendars with other family members or friends, so that everyone’s on the same page with schedules.
- No more having to write birthdays or anniversaries in a new calendar every year – just set them up to repeat annually on your phone!
- It will alert you of appointments and you can set your own reminders when you want them.
- If you use the Google calendar, for example, you can still type things in on your computer and it will sync to your phone.
- iPhone calendars as well as other apps will pull your Google calendar or whatever calendar you have on your phone, allowing you to enter info in one place and still utilize the apps that work best for you.
- You can enter appointments on the spot so you don’t forget.
- Just learned this one yesterday! If you check email from your phone and the content of the email includes a date and time (in my case the email was regarding dance shoe fitting times), you can click on the highlighted date/time info and immediately add it into your calendar! SLICK.
- It’s essentially free. Other than the original cost of your phone and your data plan (which you likely have anyway), you no longer have to purchase a new planner every year. Mine have been around $35/40 the past several years…now I can use that money for a pedi!