Calendars – Professional Organizers Blog Carnival

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Calendars

As the new year approaches, many of your clients will be asking you about choosing a paper planner or an electronic calendar, selecting the one that best meets their needs, or using their calendar more effectively. This month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival includes lots of tips from your colleagues to help you provide your clients with the guidance they need!

Let’s begin with Stephanie LH Calahan‘s post,  The Great Calendar Debate – Paper or Electronic – 21 Experts Weigh In. As Stephanie explains,

One item frequently purchased at this time of year is a calendar or planner for the upcoming year.

But, what is the right kind of planner to use?  Some say the traditional paper planner is the best, while others swear by their smart-phone or on line tool.  How do you decide what is best for you?

Learn what my colleagues and friends had to say about the “Great Calendar Debate.”   They provide tips to help you decide as well as some recommended tools.

In Your Calendar and You, Ellen Delap offers some tips on choosing a calendar and tells us which one she likes the best.

Jeri Dansky doesn’t reveal her personal preference, but tells us that One Calendar That Deserves a Post All Its Own was one of the most popular ones she’s written recently.

Of course, to be a useful time management tool, even a carefully chosen calendar must be used effectively, and several experts had advice in this area:

In Unclog Your Calendar to Avoid Opportunity Overload, Lisa Montanaro shares an excerpt from the Time Management chapter of her new book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, which will be published by Peter Pauper Press in February 2011.

Paul H. Burton reminds us to Schedule Snippets of Time Between Appointments, and Barbara Tako explains how to Simplify your calendar in 2011

Ramona Creel warns us about Overscheduling Syndrome. She says,

If your family’s calendar is too full and your children are inheriting your exhaustion at having too much to do, maybe it’s time to revamp your schedule and set some healthy boundaries!

We close this month’s Professional Organizers Blog Carnival on a lighter note, with Julie Bestry‘s Lost Time, Dinner With the King of Norway and The Curse of Multiple Calendars. Since this is Julie’s tenth time participating in the Carnival, she is our newest Professional Organizers Blog Carnival Star Blogger. Congratulations, Julie!

The next Professional Organizers Blog Carnival will be published on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, and the theme will be Goal Setting. Submissions will be due by noon EST on Monday, January 10, so why don’t you mark that on YOUR calendar right now! Going forward, the Carnival will always be on the second Tuesday of the month, so those of you who use electronic calendars can go ahead and create a recurring appointment.

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a post at this very busy time of year! Looking forward to seeing many of you again next month and to welcoming some new participants. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to check out this month’s submissions and to network with your organizing colleagues by leaving comments and sharing your favorite posts with your social networks.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

Gravatar mystery man

A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Julie Bestry on December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, Janet, thank you for including me in this honored community of Star Bloggers. You do so much for the professional organizing community–I wish I could set up a dinner for you and the King of Norway. 😉

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on December 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I can’t say that having dinner with the King of Norway is high on my priority list (or even ON my list, for that matter), but one of my friends from university lives there and I’d love to see him again, if you can arrange that. 🙂

  3. Avatar Sarah Alyea on December 29, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I wanted to share an additional calendar for your consideration: PlumLife. PlumLife is the detail management calendar for busy families.

  4. Avatar Janet Barclay on December 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Thank you, Sarah! PlumLife looks like a cool product – I especially like the map view for planning out errands!

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