I found the magic of having an Outlook calendar when we bought our small business three weeks ago. Suddenly, I wasn't carrying around a big ol' calendar stuffed full of post-it notes and business cards anymore; nope, I traded that it for a 12-pound laptop. Sure, I'm more organized when it comes to scheduling, having contacts with me and instant access to my e-mail ... and that was was nice for about four days until carrying around the laptop, an extra 20 pounds of baby in my belly and a toddler with his stash of necessities for leaving the house began breaking my back.
I questioned whether being organized and on top of my game was worth a permanent shoulder strain and back ache. And then I began thinking about how I plan to carry a toddler and his stash, a newborn and his stash and me and my stash and that nearly sent me over the edge. A mama who has other commitments (be it volunteer meetings, doctors' appointments, kids' schedules or business matters) needs something a little more convenient to keep herself organized than carrying around a big old computer.
I pondered buying a PDA. And I immediately vetoed the idea after realizing I would then have to remember the PDA, its charger, my phone, its charger, the kids' stuff, and, um, don't forget about the kids. Not gonna happen. I can barely keep my phone full of juice.
So then I moved onto thinking about investing in a Smart Phone.
But which one?
Blackberry? iPhone? Samsung? The list of possibilities is seemingly as wide and varied as the thoughts that flood my busy, busy mind. And frankly, I don't want to have to think that hard about buying a Smart Phone. I want to get one that will work, and I don't want to have to worry about it not meeting my needs and spending hundreds of dollars.
So the conversation progresses from just inside my head to the blog. What do you use? Do you have the same frustrations? Are you still carrying around that big old calendar book or did you make a jump to better technology?