Appointment Books

Written by Sarah Provost
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Appointment books can range from promotional giveaways with barely enough space to make one note per day to handsome art-filled notebooks bought at museum shops, to a grid on your computer screen. All of these variations have their advantages and disadvantages. The trick is in matching the format to your particular requirements and style.

One of the major issues in selecting appointment books is balancing the level of detail you need with the portability you want. Maybe all you really need to record is an occasional doctor's appointment, party, golf match, or meeting with your accountant. In that case, a monthly pocket-sized calendar will be adequate.

If you have to keep track of several obligations a day, then you'll need one of the more detailed appointment books, perhaps one with a two-page spread for each week. These can be small enough to carry around in a purse or briefcase. If your entire workday consists of meetings and appointments, however, you'll need a page a day. At this point, computer software begins to make a lot more sense than paper appointment books.

Computer-Based Appointment Books

There's a wide variety of scheduling software that will turn your computer into an automated appointment book. The advantages are many: you can set up, cancel, and reschedule appointments quickly and easily, you can customize the interface to suit your needs, and you can store data and access it instantly. Portability becomes an issue here. If you want to be able to carry your schedule with you, you may need to invest in a notebook computer or a PDA.


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