Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it. – Pat Riley
I think back to the days of when there was no such thing as a digital calendar. (yep, I am that old). We wrote everything out, over and over and over again.
We would get a new calendar each year, and transfer birthdays to the new one. We would write recurring appointments at the beginning of each month.
I loved my analog calendar. And since the advent of the digital calendar, I have come to love them as well.
Let me share with you some comparisons between the two.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but I think you get the picture.
Personally, I use a hybrid system.
I use this (https://www.neuyear.net/cindy-vanhoff )analog calendar for big picture planning. I use an annual calendar for this.
Big picture planning for me includes
- Release dates for any product I am creating.
- Launch dates for the product
- Days off throughout the year.
- Generally things that happen over multiple days.
- Days my husband may be traveling
My analog calendar is also dry erase. Although I often will use small post its on it when I am planning, I don’t like to erase a bunch of pencil marks, so I like the dry erase part of it.
If you are wanting to use an analog system for your more detailed work, I suggest getting yourself a planner rather than a desk or wall calendar. This article might help you figure out what planner would work best for you. (link to this article – https://reclaimedspaces.com/how-you-can-choose-the-best-planner/ )
I use my digital calendar for the more detailed items in my life. I spend a lot of time in front of my monitor, so it’s easy for me to see what I need to do next. With just one click, my Google Calendar is visible.
I use my digital calendar for
- Recurring events
- If you do a lot of the same things in your work, this is a blessing!
- It’s so much easier to notify and create meetings with a group of people using a digital calendar
- These are always in red. Red means I need to be somewhere!
- Time Blocks
- This is such a timesaver for me. I color code my time blocks. I do this so that I know there is a change in activity coming up.
- For Time Auditing (link to here / https://reclaimedspaces.com/begin-your-time-audit/ )
- I like to keep track of how I actually spend my time verses how I planned to spend my time. This helps me with my planning and reviewing. Our rhythms change throughout the year, throughout life, and what was working for me last year may not work for me next year.
- Everything I put on the analog calendar. My digital calendar is the master calendar, so everything goes on it.
There are pitfalls to using a hybrid system, and I think for the most part we figure these things out as we go along. The most common pitfall is the non-transference of items from the analog calendar to the digital calendar
Each type of calendar has their own pros and cons, and ultimately it’s up to you to decide which one is best for you. I hope this article has helped with that decision as you search for the best calendar for you!
- Decide what calendar system you are going to use. Stick with it.