Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in my office actually getting work done. (That is quite an amazing accomplishment most days.) Suddenly I got a notification on my phone that said I had an appointment in 1 hour.
The last time I thought about that particular appointment was 3 or 4 days prior to the event. However, because my calendar sends me these types of notifications I was able to prepare for my monthly time at the assisted living home where I am reading a book to the group. WeÂ are reading a book about Eric Liddell the Olympic gold medalist and missionary to China.
While I enjoy the convenience of a paper calendar, and the ability to see large blocks of time easily, this is one time where the digital calendar saved me.
Each time I enter an event in my calendar I try to remember to set a notification early enough that if I totally forget about the event, the calendar will remind me in enough time to make it there. In one case I had completely forgotten about scheduling a meeting in a church on a Sunday night in Maryland. My calendar notification went off Friday night to remind me of the speaking engagement. That gave me plenty of time to be ready for the event and no one at the church had to know that I forgot about being there. I think that is the only time I have spaced out on a meeting like that. At least, if I’ve missed others no one called me and told me about it.