Ok I am one of those people who tries and tries again to get organized. But something about small kids, going to school full time, writing full time and trying to expand my freelance photography just doesn’t add up to being easily organized. While my exact circumstances are uniquely my own, many people all across the world are busily trying to get organized when in fact it is virtually impossible due to their lifestyle. Personally, I have tried almost everything short of purchasing a PDA before to get organized and have finally broken down and gotten one. In short, I am much more organized now than I was before! Let me help you determine if a PDA or a Pocket PC will help, you too overcome the organizational monster.
Issue #1. If your planner was like mine, and resembles a large college textbook then it is grossly impractical to carry that huge thing around everywhere. Sure it is wonderful that is has pockets and possibly a calculator in it, it can even give you a place to jot some notes, as well as a calendar, but how often is it being used? Are you really taking it everywhere with you, so when changes occur you can adjust your schedule as needed? If you are like me, you have or had that huge planner that you vowed to help you get organized, and it has sat on your desk unused since after the first week you bought it.
Issue #2. You have kids, let us face it; kids do not equal being organized. In fact, kids will make you so unorganized it is not even funny! I have tried rather unsuccessfully to keep organized and not ship the kids to my mother’s house but have been very unsuccessful. Have you noticed most women with kids are lugging around huge purses? Have you wondered why? Most are trying to lug around that college textbook sized planner so they do not forget one of the activities in which the kids are signed up! In addition, the due dates of library books, doctor appointments. Much less anything that they are trying to remember for themselves.
Issue #3. If you have kids, you are lucky to find a place to put your things so a child does not touch it. It is very hard to explain and teach children that we do not touch other’s things. It is much simpler to hide a small 4″ Pocket PC or PDA than it is that huge textbook sized planner. The Pocket PC can be hidden in a pocket, up on a high shelf, or even in a purse. My newest purse has an awesome little pocket that is the perfect size to hide my Pocket PC in while my kids can never see it! Which is wonderful to help make sure it stays safe so I stay organized.
If you are considering purchasing a Pocket PC and are unsure, you should really consider the benefits that exist. I have personally purchased a Dell Axim X51v, it is less than 4″ high, and only about ½ ” thick, very small, yet extremely powerful. By adding some additional software I can track all of my financial information, mileage information, what library books are due, when the doctor appointments are, when bills are due, what phone calls I need to make, as well as To Do Lists, my entire movie collection, the weather and everything else I need to stay up to date and organized. This is a wonderful lifesaver to me in staying organized.
Since I purchased my Pocket PC I have lost about 20 pounds of paper out of my purse, so aside from the environmental benefits from not having 50,000 business cards, as well as the small pocket planner I kept that was 2 years old, and the extra cards that were not needed. I still have all of my information with me, but it is organized and compressed into something small enough that it is no longer a hassle taking it with me.
My children know to leave my “toy” alone, and they are happier since they are no longer late for Story Hour at the library, and they know that when I am organized I have a lot more time to devote to them, as well as writing. Another major advantage to my Pocket PC is the fact that it has Microsoft Word Mobile! This allows me to take my work with me! I can work on an article in the line at the grocery store, while waiting in the drive-thru and even while the kids are in Story Hour, and as long as I have a wi-fi connection, I can even check the status of my articles all on one small package.