Published on February 4, 2008
TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS: TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS MSL 2004 FALL WORKSHOP HAMPTON INN, GREAT FALLS Available Tools: Available Tools Day Planners Handheld PDA’s PDA / Cell Phones Handheld tape recorders PIM Software Tablet PC’s PAPER SOLUTIONS: PAPER SOLUTIONS Day Planners: Old paper – based organizers are still around but now they have PIM software partners PERSONAL INFORMATION MANGAGERS (PIMs): PERSONAL INFORMATION MANGAGERS (PIMs) PIMs are software programs designed to run on computers or PDAs that help you keep track of addresses, appointments, phone numbers and notes to yourself. The basics of a good PIM are a calendar, address book and scheduler. New PIMs integrate with e-mail and office suite software, and also include Web access. EXAMPLES OF PIM’S: EXAMPLES OF PIM’S Microsoft Outlook Lotus Organizer Any Day ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS: ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS A Few Examples of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s): PalmOne Hewlett Packard Sharp Toshiba Dell Sony Blackberry PDA FEATURES: PDA FEATURES SCREEN SIZE FAST PROCESSOR, LOTS OF MEMORY OPERATING SYSTEM EASE OF USE BATTERY LIFE AND BATTERY TYPE RECHARGE TIME BUILT-IN SOFTWARE MEMORY CARD SLOTS PDA FEATURES (continued): PDA FEATURES (continued) COLOR SCREEN AND HIGH RESOLUTION PIM SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY SMALL SIZE LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS INTERNET CAPABLE BLUETOOTH CAPABLE BUILT-IN CELL PHONE, CAMERA, VOICE RECORDER PDA FEATURES (continued): PDA FEATURES (continued) INFORMATION ENTRY METHODS STYLUS DESIGN FUNCTIONAL DESIGN DURABILITY DESKTOP CRADLE EASE OF SET-UP / TECH SUPPORT HARD RESET AVOIDANCE PDA LINKS: PDA LINKS http://www.pdareviewspot.com/ http://denison.uchsc.edu/education/PDA.htm http://www.west.asu.edu/it/hardware/pda.htm http://guide.darwinmag.com/technology/personal/pda/ http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/pdareference.html PDA LINKS: PDA LINKS http://www.extremepda.com/links.htm PDA Use in libraries: http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/PDA.html PDA Use in Hospital Libraries: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/pda/libraries.html MORE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS Tablet PC’s: the power of a PC without the package: MORE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS Tablet PC’s: the power of a PC without the package USING THE TOOLS: USING THE TOOLS Don’t be afraid of the learning curve Be consistent - daily is daily, occasionally is not worth much. One source works – multiple sources mean you never have the information you need when you need it. Backup everything. An appointment lost, a contact lost, may mean work is a do-over, and who needs that.