Planners at work (and electronic overload)

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While reading through the comments to one of my recent posts, I was interested to see that several of you keep separate planners for work and personal use.

I used to use an Outlook calendar for work-related calls and my Space 17 for face-to-face meetings and personal appointments. Then I had to switch to Gcal for one of my freelance clients, or, I should say, I had to start using Gcal to manage calls and meetings with that client. Another client I work with uses one of those online project-management systems. Now I need my Space 17 to coordinate across my work calendars and make sure the appointments on one don’t clash with those on the others.

That works all right, but lately, I’ve been wondering if I should consolidate and use just one electronic calendar, plus a paper one. I don’t like the interface of Gcal as well as I do that of Outlook, but the fact that it’s cloud-based makes things easier, and I’m not such an old bird yet that I can’t learn to make it work. Of course, that makes me wonder if I should consolidate my email systems, too, and abandon Outlook altogether. Too many choices!

Does anyone else suffer from electronic calendar overload syndrome (ECOS)?

6 thoughts on “Planners at work (and electronic overload)

    • Susan:

      I feel your pain. I taught Information Technology at the local Community College for 7 years and faced the same frustrations. We had to fight tooth and nail on a regular basis to have simple things like Facebook and YouTube opened up and kept open for educational purposes (all our students were there, almost limitless potential for life lessons were there, we needed to be there as well…).

      Now that I left that environment and moved back into the IT industry, I no longer have to debate open vs. closed networks with IT departments who would rather close everything down and make their jobs easier rather than give their staff the access they need to be more effective teachers/employees.

  1. You can have the best of everything with Google Calendar AND Outlook by using the Google Calendar Sync tool. It is a small app that you install locally.

    The tool connects your Outlook and Google Calendars and performs 1 way or 2 way syncs of all calendar items between each. This means you can add items in either calendar and, after they sync (default is every hour I believe, but this is customizable), the items appear in each.

    The added benefit of this is that if you have a smartphone (iPhone and Android versions for sure), you can also set that up with Google calendar as the calendar app and then everything remains synced between all your devices.

    You can download the sync tool here (they have Mac and PC versions):
    http://www.google.com/sync/pc.html

    The setup is very simple and, like most things Google, works quite well.

    Hope this helps! 🙂

    Chris

  2. I certainly do!
    Let’s see………………..
    1) Work calendar – has Outlook – essentially two are essential a) calendar is for school wide events b) calendar for grade level events

    2) Outlook is not publishable to public because of school rules so I use Gcal because it is easiest to embed into my website. (doesn’t interface with outlook because school system set up firewalls to prevent

    3) two paper calendar
    a) work – lesson planning/curriculum oriented Quo Vadis “Principal Weekly August to July”

    b) University Quo Vadis that I keep slim without the address book in my purse which collects a little bit of everything as I think of it and gets transferred latter after my errands etc.. are over with.

    I don’t use a smart phone because I like the structure of paper, but if there was a set up like the “principal or one similiar for a smart phone I might consider if I could change the sizes.

    bottom line though – I love my fountain pens and am going to either print my own or by the already printed –
    Susan

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