I bought a Moleskine Weekly Planner last month to help me keep track of my plans for world domination, and so far so good. The other great tool I’ve found to help stay focused on my goals and appointments is Yahoo Calendar. Yahoo Calendar is a free is a web based calendar and contact manager. Now the great thing about it is Yahoo has provided a free version of Isync for download which you can use to sync your Yahoo calender with Outlook or your smart phone. So you can have access to your information on any web enabled device.
Now what I do is use the Yahoo Calendar to keep the big picture of all meetings and to do items. I also set the calendar as my start page so I’m daily confronted with vision and goals for the month. I then use the Moleskine weekly planner to micro-manage my daily tasks and action items.
Here are some more tips on how to use Yahoo calendar from Lifehacker
I’ve been using this system for a couple of years now and it’s saved my
bacon more times than I can count. My Yahoo! Calendar is studded with
recurring events that tickle me just at the right time in the right
way. Beyond the obvious birthday and bill-paying reminders, here are
some examples of ways to use your Yahoo tickler:
- Remember tasks that need to be done far in advance.
You call the fireplace cleaner guy in February for an appointment
and he tells you to try back in July. So you add a summer email
reminder which says, “Call Joe Fireplace Cleaner for an appointment at
555-1212.” Notice the phone number: make it as easy as possible for
your future self to get the task done.
- Send yourself info on the go.
On Monday, you make plans to go to the roller derby Friday night
with friends. So you add an event to your Yahoo! calendar for Friday
night at 5PM which texts your mobile phone a message that reads “Gotham
Girls roller derby tonight at Skate Key, 4 train to 138th street. Meet
outside at 7:15.” Again, notice directions and specific time – the more
info included, the better.
- Interrupt yourself.
You’re super-involved in a project at work, but you’ve got lunch
plans at 1 o’clock across town. So you set up an IM reminder to go off
at 12:30 which says, “Lunch at Frank’s! Get going or you’ll be late!”
- Don’t forget the boring but necessary tasks again.
Set up quarterly, monthly, bi-weekly or weekly reminders for mundane
tasks, like “Water the plants.” “Get a haircut.” “Send out that check.”
“Invoice client.” “Mail out estimated taxes.” Yahoo! Calendar allows
for pretty much any recurring timeframe for events.
- Get in on events early.
When you find out tickets go on sale for your favorite band’s next
show in your town in two weeks, set up a reminder the day before to
round up the troops and storm TicketMaster.com. Or send yourself a
reminder to get reservations the very day they start accepting them for
- Create a long term plan and stick to it.
Say you commit yourself to a year-long savings plan to sock away $200 a
month for that vacation to St. Croix. Send yourself an email each
quarter that says, “Hey self, you should have $x in savings right now.
Don’t forget how great that Caribbean vacation will be!”