Saturday, January 13, 2007

Harvard Planner

The best time management tools I've come across are Harvard Planners (http://www.harvardplanner.com/).

On their website, see how you can save 10 days each year, and why Harvard Planners are better than other organizers.

It doesn't take long to fall in love with these organizers and to realize their many advantages over PDAs, PIMs, and current software applications. Some of the features seem so logical once you get used to them, you'll wonder how you ever did without them.

PROS:

  • available in formats that suit your organizational style: Journal page per day, or one of the weekly formats (Elite left/right or International bilingual top/bottom)
  • each format also has monthly and yearly page overview planning pages too, for longer range plans
  • there is enough space for all of your events, appointments and tasks, and all can be seen at a glance
  • optionally, can be used to track business and personal items discretely
  • every item can be easily tracked with the space provided for file numbers, delegation, time and expenses
  • rescheduling within a time period, and deferring/carrying forward to other periods is simple to do, without rewriting
  • never runs out of power or crashes =:3
  • many useful additional organizational tools are included (these vary by format): Meeting, Planning & Control Log; Action Log; Contact & Communication Log; Finance Budget & Performance forms, Expense & Cheque Logs; Business, Mission & Personal Objectives forms, as well as space on each period page to state ojectives and evaluate; Project Scheduler; Note & Tabular Report pages for taking freeform notes (with divisions that make it useful to organize your notes and line up tabular data); graph paper; and a ruler (in/cm)
  • lots of space for contact management -- some have a pull-out address book with world atlas; plus space in the planner for an address book and separate clients & useful numbers, and business contact lists
  • power users can choose the binder format and order additional tools and forms that suit their style, as well as a hole punch that fits in the binder
  • feeling of satisfaction when physically pulling off the corner tabs (the ones with two sets are best -- can use one for the passing of time, and one for periods where all your tasks have been completed) -- nothing quite compares on software applications!
CONS:
  • None.

No, I don't work for them -- I just highly recommend these planners. Everyone I have recommended them to has been very appreciative. If you haven't already, check them out.

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