The days of one-size-fits-all daily planners are history,
especially with the plethora of planning systems available-from Day
Runners to Palm Pilots. The bottom line is that finding the right
system can be confusing. Ask yourself these five questions before
deciding whether to use a paper-based or computerized planning
you uncomfortable reading information on a small screen? If so,
a paper-based system like Day Runner is a better option for
you need to view one month at a time when planning? A
paper-based system gives you space to record appointments and view
an entire month, while a handheld can't show a month at a time
on the screen. (Only the version on your desktop computer can do
you want to synchronize all your tasks on your PC, as well as in
your planner? With a simple touch of a button (and a cradle to
hold your Palm), you can quickly synchronize your handheld's
information with your computer.
you comfortable taking notes electronically? If you're
skilled at typing or writing on a handheld, your days of taking a
legal pad with you to meetings are over. Instead, you can enter all
your information in your Palm during a meeting.
you need access to a large number of phone numbers and an
up-to-date calendar, as well as the Internet and various computer
programs (like Quicken and ACT!) at all times? If so, a Palm
has those options and more. More than 5,000 software downloads are
available at the Palm Web site.
If you don't mind-and in fact, prefer-being unconnected while
you're on the road, a paper-based planner may be all you need
for a simple phone list and calendar option.