Is there a better way? Allow me to become the bearer of bad news. The answer is a qualified ‘no.’ Qualified? If what you use works, then don’t worry about other solutions. If what you’re using now to organize your day is not working, then keep looking. Don’t even look here.
Planning With A Planner
Back in the day everyone in business had a day planner; a Franklin day planner (my favorite), a DayRunner or something similar.
Today we can carry an iPhone or iPad everywhere, and for many of us, the Mac still comes along.
Here’s the story of a little Mac day planner app that wants to play in the big leagues. It’s called Planner Plus.
As far as it goes, it’s not bad, but only if you’re not happy with what’s not working for you now.
Planner Plus syncs with events in Calendar so it’s easy to get started. It also syncs with itself; either Planner Plus on another Mac, or the iPhone and iPad version.
What this friendly app does is mimic, in digital form, the day planners that once were made of trees. There’s a calendar with events for the day, tabs to organize projects, and a place to take and store notes.
If you’ve ever used a planner made of paper in a binder, then Planner Plus will look and feel instantly familiar.
There’s the required weekly and monthly planner views, available with a click. That makes it easy to see what’s coming up on your schedule.
Different calendars can be displayed or hidden with a click. Setup events for part of a day or all day or across multiple days.
Each task and project can have multiple priorities, as well as sub-tasks (which make up projects). Add, edit, and delete notes with ease. Create recurring tasks or projects. And setup multiple status levels for each.
For less than the price of a Franklin or DayRunner day planner from yesteryear, you get a digital version which synchronizes between Mac, iPhone, and iPad. You know. Just like Calendar, Reminders, and Notes do already.
The difference is that Planner Plus keeps everything together in one nifty neat package. It uses Dropbox to sync (which I prefer over iCloud), too. Well done, but a bit pricey considering it does a little more of what OS X already does.