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At the ripe old age of 45, I must say that I’m pretty tech savvy. I depend, to an extremely high degree, on my iPhone to survive my daily life. Since the very early days of the tech revolution, I have been a user and will tell you that those beeps and buzzes have saved me many, many times.
Back in the day of the Palm Pilot, I was the trail blazer among my friends. I loved being able to carry my alarm clock, my calendar, to-do list, etc., in my purse. Back then, unless you wanted to type all that information in using the tiny keys on your device, you synced with Outlook. Although Outlook is still widely used on both a personal and professional level, there are many other avenues of spreading your information across various devices, all the while staying perfectly organized on every front. By the time the iPhone came to be, I was in a complete state of bliss since I am choir member who loves all genres of music.
Over the years, I have come become a huge “texter”, which is pretty funny since in the beginning of texting, I, like many others, considered texting to be something exclusive to teens. Texting allows for communication in times and places when an actual phone call is not possible. As the mother of a teenage son, texting is a huge form of “talking” for us. Admittedly, I also spend lots of time texting my son’s father, my best friend and lots of other folks.
As a sales consultant for one of the world’s largest skin care/cosmetics companies, I recently came to a realization that I hadn’t considered in the years past. While I am highly dependent on my iPhone for alarms, texting and emailing, I still need a paper calendar. Particularly, one that shows the days on a monthly and yearly basis. Often, I use these to get a real picture of the promotion dates and details, as well as extended deadlines and upcoming events that aren’t just around the corner. I also use this paper calendar to actually “write” down the details of my promotions, sales figures and quick customer details.
Whether you choose a smartphone, a paper calendar, or a combination of both, organization is a lifesaver! Make your choice and structure it so that you get the best and can become your best!