Monthly Archives: August 2014

Calendar Fail

In my last post I talked about how I was going to start using Google Calendar.  Well, confession time…I never used it.  I set it up but never ended up using it.  Why?  That’s a good question.  The bottom line is that I/we never felt the need to use it.  Maybe the laid back summer months have temporarily restored a sense of equilibrium to our lives.  Or maybe it just seemed like too much work…too much detail…too much OCD-ness for the two weekend days and the few hours we have each night.

So, I am replacing the calendar with a list instead.  At work, I use the Microsoft Outlook program to keep track of my to-do list.  I always set the due date for each task to the current day.  So, the next morning when I get on my computer, every task is in red because it is “overdue”.  So I go into each task and reset the Due Date.  That forces me to review each task everyday.  On that list, I also have non-task list items such as reminders.  Everything I do at work is driven off of this task list.  It has helped me to stay on top of things and keep everything managed.  So, I’ve decided to use the Calendar app on my phone to do the same thing.  The Calendar app also has a task list function and so I am setting up a personal to-do list that I will review once or twice a day.  This will be much easier to manage than a calendar.  By forcing myself to look at it each day and by committing myself to performing one task on the list each day, I will be very productive and a lot happier.  If I feel like I need to spend more time with my kids, I can add a to-do item to the list that specifies a particular activity that I will do with one or both of my kids.  Then I can use the calendar if I need to.

We’ll see how this works but I have a feeling it will.