Personal Organizer

Written by Hettie Woehler (last updated February 11, 2021)


Many people can easily find themselves lost and wandering without their personal organizer. These organizers are designed to help us keep track of everything from meetings, to a party at a friend's house, or some other event that needs our attention. Often times, without your personal organizer you are guessing in the dark when an immediate answer is needed about your free time. The question is not whether or not you need a personal organizer, but what type of personal organizer will work best for you.

  • Paper diary, calendar, or note taker. Some people still love their old-fashioned paper diaries because they want to physically handle the paper edition. These types of organizers will often include pages with useful information, such as maps, telephone codes, postal codes and other interesting facts. One of the many benefits of this type of organizer is that they can often easily fit into your briefcase, pocketbook, or even be used to decorate your desk.
  • Electronic personal organizers. With the increasing popularity of smart phones, these types of personal organizers are becoming very popular. While the basic functionality of a PDA is to store and retrieve phone numbers and addresses, maintain a to do list and a calendar, memo pad to replace small pieces of paper or restaurant napkins, for taking notes on the go, there are many other options available now. Just about everything you need can be found or utilized through an electronic personal organizer. For example, many will include a contacts list, in addition to being able to access the internet, and allow you to access and send email. Being electronic, these devices can warn you of an up-coming appointment through an audible sound as well as on the screen of the device.
  • Cell phone calendar. You don't need to have a smart phone to be able to utilize a cell phone as an organizer. All cell phones have a contact list, calendar, alarm clock, and note taking abilities. As your cell phone is always at hand, there is no more excuses to forget appointments, birthdays, shopping lists or even to "get lost" as you have a GPS "talking" guide directing you accurately to your destination.
  • PC and laptop calendars. Why not utilize the built in features of many computers to remind you of your appointments as soon as you switch them on? There are even online personal organizers which are always accessible where there is an internet connection. Do a simple browser search to find some of these, and take advantage of them.
  • Wall calendars. Another option that many people still love is the wall calendar. These can be placed on any wall or cupboard door for easy access. While they need to be replaced yearly, there is an inherent feeling of accomplishment as you mark off completed events or tasks on such items. In addition, it is fairly easy to see (at least a month at a time) what is coming up, and help prevent you from over extending yourself.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


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What is 7 + 5?

2018-05-06 18:31:58


Please excuse my crazy spell-check! I meant to say "when the grid goes down", not "when the thud goes down". And it will. The grid will go down. How or when, I don't know; but it will.

2018-05-05 17:52:21


Not all mobile phones are equipped with "bells and whistles", if you'd like to call them that. A lot of them are basic; they tell you the time and date, provide caller ID, and that's about it. Not everybody wants/can afford a smartphone, or all the amenities it has. Besides, when---not "if", but when, the thud goes down, you won't have cell-phone service very long. It's wiser to stick with good old reliable paper & pencil, pen or marker.