My calendar(s)

The calendar has often been the central tool that people rely on to be “organized.” It’s certainly a critical component in managing particular kinds of data and reminders of the commitments and information that relate to specific times and days.David Allen

To the question, “what kind of calendar would be best to use”, I didn’t wait for David Allen’s answer. I was using – before to discover the Getting Things Done method – an A5 paper-based planner with a full week displayed on a double page 1. It is small enough to be carried easily and big enough to have all the info I need for each day. And I keep using it! However, despite its size, I did not have it with me all the time. This was 2 a real problem when I had to schedule an appointment without creating conflicts with my existing meetings.

“Why not use a digital calendar then?”
“Because of lack of privacy!”

Digital planners can compromise your privacy. If your device or planner app doesn’t have a secure password or two-step security, you could be susceptible to data breaches.Erin Condren

That being said, I was, and still am, using Outlook calendar (locally on my computer) to add my time blocks (see Time management concl’d) as recurring appointments. Like this, as the day unfolds, I see what I have next in the To-Do bar. I can also have some notes within each appointment that are one double-click away when I enter that time block. Nobody but me has access to this calendar. Nothing is shared, nothing is synced, and nothing leaves my local folder! And yet, I do not put any sensitive information in it; not even a dentist appointment.

The visibility of your calendar on Microsoft depends on the privacy settings that you have configured for your calendar. By default, your Microsoft calendar is only visible to you, but you can choose to share it with specific people or make it publicly accessible.

I am sure that those you follow this blog already figured out where I am heading, especially of they have read my last post. For the other, here is a clue:

Given how sensitive your personal or professional calendar events are – family meetings, job interviews, travel, dinners, and more – we highly encourage switching to a privacy-first calendar product, like Skiff Calendar.Skiff

You’ve guessed right, while I opted for Skiff as a replacement for GandiMail, I could always use any of its four services: Skiff Mail, Skiff Calendar, Skiff Drive, and Skiff Pages. And I do now have all my appointments (the real ones, not by time blocks) in the phone app, i.e., always with me. And, offline mode should soon be supported; a mandatory feature as far as I am concerned.

Skiff Calendar is a private, secure, and powerful digital calendar. Every event on your calendar is protected end-to-end encryption, ensuring that only you can access your event details, locations, notes, and more. Never compromise between convenience and security for your schedules, meetings, or appointments.


1 In the GTD organizer, the calendar has a large “Action/Info” space on the right hand; something I would like. However, the Appointment pan on the left is too small. Moreover, it shows only 3 days (on top of each other’s). I need to see my full 7-day weeks at a glance. ^
2 Spoiler: “was”, not “is”. ^

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