I’ve never used a calendar for personal reasons. I never felt the need to. My life wasn’t complex enough to warrant plotting down events and reminders. It took a big move to my new house and all its moving parts in order to convince me to start plotting all this down.
But I didn’t start using a calendar until I got my iPad.
For me, a calendar needed to be on an easily and quickly accessible “always on” device. At work, my always on device was my workstation which I spent a majority off my time at. At home? There wasn’t such a device at home. I don’t own a smartphone and my Macbook Air isn’t always with me. And even if it was, it wasn’t as long lasting as an iPad to pull off the task of being “always on”.
Now one could argue that e-mail would be a more suitable fit to my criteria above and they would be right. But I don’t need (or want) to know when e-mail arrives which means for the longest time I could live without that instant notification. A calendar serves the much more important role of notifying me of incoming events that need my attention. I wouldn’t need a calendar with reminder notifications if I was willing to wait and check my events at my leisure.
Do I feel more organized since I started using this? Sure. Will I continue to use it after my move is complete? Why not? I will have many other things to track. But if you were to ask me if I was pleased by this decision to use it? My answer is: no. It marks the beginning of more and more obligations.