3x Thursday

  1. Do you have a calendar on your wall? What’s it of? Do you like it? Why/why not? If you don’t have a calendar on your wall, what do you do when you need to look at the days and months ahead? At work, I have several calendars on the wall (OK, two, but last year it was three), and I rely on them constantly for work-related tasks. At home, we have no calendars, but I generally know what the date is and what my upcoming schedule is. If we need to plan ahead, we can look at my planner, or jointly look at our calendars through Google.
  2. Do you wear a watch? Why/why not? If you don’t wear one, how do you keep track of your time, appointments, when to eat, go to bed, etc? No. I tend to lose a lot of watches. The one functioning one I have right now was my Aunt Shirley’s, which I had fixed, but rarely wear. It is a bracelet-type, which often interferes with typing at work. Plus, I find I just don’t need one. My cell phone is almost always with me, or there are clocks (especially computers) around that tell the time.
  3. How do you keep track of appointments (of all kinds) in your life? I have a physical planner and use Google calendar, and keep them synced. It’s a bit tedious to keep a duplicate system, but it works well for me. The main thing I have to manage is homework, and in my physical planner I have each assignment written on a Post-It (color-coded by course) that is stuck on the day I am supposed to do the work. When I complete the assignment, I write it onto the planner itself on the date/time that it was actually completed. This gives me flexibility to do assignments early or postpone if necessary. (This is why, by the way, it was nearly impossible for me to find a weekly planner that I liked, because I wanted it to be in a vertical format and each day’s column needed to be wide enough to fit the small Post-Its. Plus, my handwriting is rather large, so I didn’t want the tiny little lines for each hour, and I wanted the hours to be longer than 8-5, which wouldn’t help me out at all. The one I have goes 8-8, which is better, though in a perfect world it’d be 8-10.) In Google Calendar, each assignment is posted as an “all-day” event, which is then moved to the right date/time when completed, matching my physical calendar. For non-homework events, I just write them into the calendar. It sounds like a troublesome system, but after almost three years of schooling, it serves me well and I’ve got it down to a science. The Google Calendar aspect also allows me (supposedly) to calculate how much time I’ve spent on homework for a given class.

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