Remember Daytimers? Years ago, people who needed to keep track of multiple tasks lugged around thosebig notebooks filled with tabbed sections and calendar pages.
I never got around to acquiring one. A paper calendar, aided by an office bulletin board, worked fine for me.
Then those leading the charge began to keep organized by using Blackberries. Remember those?
My calendar and bulletin board still worked fine.
Then colleagues began trying to stay organized with various computer programs. I never did find out those programs' names. Except for the calendar function of Outlook.
When people at work schedule meetings with me via Outlook, I take a pencil and write the information on a paper calendar.
When the battery fails on their smart phones, I try to sympathize. I've had pens run out of ink or a pencil lead break.
I have nothing against the latest fad in organizational technology – so long as its users don't try to force me to adopt it. Over the years, I've actually learned how to schedule and track projects using a computer spreadsheet. The program has been around long enough to prove its worth.
Meanwhile, the tide may be turning. My boss recently had me drive him to an office supply store in my minivan, since his car wouldn't hold the six-foot-long white board he wanted so he could keep track of all his projects.