Why I No Longer Have a Paper Calendar


I didn’t buy a paper calendar this year. I had been phasing it out and now it’s completely gone.

I use Google Calendar, and it has simplified my life. You can see if it might work for you.


  • You would no longer have to rewrite birthdays and anniversaries from old calendars. Or recurring appointments. You can set up daily, weekly, monthly and yearly recurring events.
  • You can have your calendar anywhere. I can get it through Google mobile on my phone and there is no synching I need to do with other calendars. You can see it from any computer with internet access.
  • You can import other calendars like holidays, TV show schedules, moon phases and people you work with closely. All you need to do is go to Other Calendars on the left sidebar. You can choose to browse public calendars, add someone else’s calendar, add a calendar if you know the URL, or import a calendar from things like Outlook or iCal.
  • You can see all the calendars at once or only the ones you want to see by clicking on the calendar (s) in the left sidebar.
  • You can get reminders through email, sms or as pop up reminders so you don’t miss appointments. You can even send events to others.
  • You can get a daily agenda emailed to you every morning.
  • Quick Add adds to the calendar faster than you could write it on a paper calendar.
  • You can see daily, weekly, monthly, or four days with the click of a button.
  • Searching calendars is easy with the Google Search right at the top of the calendar.
  • I have gadgets that tell me the time in other time zones since I have clients all over the world and another gadget that tells me when my next meeting is.


What calendar systems works for you?


  • mamacita says:

    I started using the Google Calendar last year in April, I think, and tossed my paper calendar shortly after. Reading your article sent me back to check for other interesting calendars, and I just added the one for my favorite baseball team.

    Here’s my tip: I have a separate calendar called “Optional Fun.” Whenever I hear about a family event that might be fun, I put it on this calendar. Then, if we’re looking for something fun to do on any particular day, we can check that calendar. [It goes without saying that I add all the details, just in case — address, website, cost, etc.]

    I also love, love, love the Task lists. I could write a book about how much I love Google calendar.

    One question: I am thinking about getting a Blackberry. Are you able to use Google calendar with it? What phone are you using?

  • Caitlin says:

    I haven’t had a paper calendar for years. I use Google Calendar too.

    I only use the Month view, though, since I don’t like to schedule my days any more specifically than can fit there. 😀

  • Eric says:

    I must say I still use my paper calendar, I know that Google calendar is much more efficient, but my paper calendar is more noticeable, and harder to hide from, so pushes me to do the things I wouldn’t do with an e-calendar

  • Jolene says:

    I know it’s not pratical or efficient but I use both Cozi and a paper calendar…the paper calendar is because I’m a scrapbooker and it’s one that I’ve made myself. I absolutely love it. I use Cozi as a family calendar for birthdates, reminders, apointments etc…love all calendars.

  • oh, I envy people who can use an online calendar – I’m just so much of a paper gal that it doesn’t really work for me, except for recurring appointments LOL

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