I realized that keeping it all in my head wasn't working anymore. That was back in February 2011. I was sure, like most new things I get excited about, that it would phase out of my life in 2-3 months . I probably would have just gotten lazy and lost interest.
What happened was completely unpredictable. My calender was filling up quicker and quicker - as was my social life! I know that this blog entry could be read by some of our regular visitors and possibly forgotten the moment they close the tab on their browser.
However, I really want to distinguish for you the power managing a personal calender gives you. It shapes who you are in the world. Seriously! Maintaining your calender and following through with being where you said you were going to be when you said you would be blows minds.
A simple gesture like that has people in your life relating to you as reliable. And being reliable is sexy. Reliable, dependable, available, all go hand-in-hand. The moment I agree to an outing with friends or take on a whatever is my next new project, my phone comes out. As the Google Calender app loads I can implement that who I am - is my word.
The other great thing is that knowing my schedule means I can decline invitations, as well. Think of what it would be like to give your R.S.V.P. on the spot. All the confusion, "Oops! I didn't mean to double-book!" and flaking would go right out the window. I think this Chinese proverb puts it perfectly: "The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory"
Don't keep it all in your head.
Do you keep a calender? Tell us how it has shaped your life.