Get It Together

One Day At A Time

Day-Timer knows a lot about organization. It's basically recreated its paper-based organizer as a software tool. The two versions can easily work in conjunction, making it simple to become a Day-Timer Organizer software user if you are already a traditional Day-Timer user. The part I like best is Day-Timer's customized computer paper that lets you easily print schedules and address book pages to place in your Day-Timer notebook. While I find Sidekick's printing procedures difficult to follow and plagued with spotty results, Day-Timer has smartly created a onetime setup procedure that makes it possible to seamlessly print from your printer. Within 10 minutes, I was printing beautifully laid-out pages that easily fit into my same-size Filofax notebook.

Just as you can choose between day-at-a-glance, week-at-a-glance and month-at-a-glance views when using paper-based Day-Timers, you can do the same with this software. It's easy to switch between the views to check out your schedules, to-do lists, events and so on.

The address book is simple to use--you can easily import data from other databases into Day-Timer. Keeping contact information on the entries in your address book is also easy. There are plenty of preset action items to choose from, and activities are simple to record. For example, if you want to make a phone call, Day-Timer can dial the phone number (as can all other PIMs reviewed here), and with a click of the mouse, you can indicate whether you spoke to the person or left a message. You can also time the duration of the call and schedule a follow-up.

Day-Timer Organizer also takes advantage of a network for workgroup functions, making it possible to do group scheduling, share information, delegate tasks and send basic messages. Synchronizing your data with another computer is also relatively simple, though not as seamless as the standardized TrueSync capabilities offered in Sidekick. I also didn't find Day-Timer as easy to navigate as Sidekick.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get It Together.

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