Dealing with a bad calendar week

I’m having a bad calendar week. I don’t check my calendar often enough, and I miss things. The other day, I missed a Skype chat. Yesterday, I sprinted to the subway station in order to get downtown for a 4:30 PM performance of the opera Orfeo ed Euridice. I made it to my 5th-floor seat just before the lights dimmed. I’ve missed other things in the past – not many, but enough to point to a clear life-bug that I need to hack.

What can I do to get back into the rhythm of having a solid, trusted system for calendar reminders and tasks?

Put it in my way. I always check my Android in the morning. I can clean up my task list, add calendar entries to my lock screen (I’m trying out Executive Assistant on my phone), and get into the habit of checking those before I indulge in reading feeds. I added a calendar widget to my home screen too – I think that will help.

Set up interruptions. I can set my calendar alarm to something I usually notice, such as my ringtone. When I combine this with using timed mutes instead of manually muting my phone, that should make it easier to let important things interrupt me.

Here we go!

  • I am personally thinking that the warning “there is an adjacent meeting” in MS Outlook is a very nice feature and I should really leverage it. Of course I need to set that expectation early on, most of my missed meetings and lack of attention is the fact that I am jumping from meeting to meeting. Instead what I should’ve done was ensure there was at least a 15-30 minute gap between meetings before I accept them.

    I don’t really have much feeds to read (yours is just one of the few I have LOL) so I don’t have the same temptation, though I do have others (e-mails, ad-hoc chats, brain reorg and offload time)

    However, this is one of those “hypocritical suggestions” because I don’t do it myself even if I think it is a good idea.

    Honestly though, Droid’s notification system although not as annoying as iPhone is a double edged sword to the point I can’t rely on it for my own schedules. [patiently waiting for an IPhone for Wind Mobile]