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How do I Choose the Best Personal Organizer Software?

By Larry Ray Palmer
Updated May 16, 2024
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When attempting to choose the best personal organizer software for your needs, several things should be taken into consideration. Consider the purpose you need the personal organizer software to serve, whether you intend to operate the software from more than one machine or device, and the amount of money you want to spend on the software. How much time you are willing to invest in learning to use your chosen software suite should also be considered. Each of these considerations weighs into the discussion and your choice of personal organizer software should reflect the value you place on these individual points.

The first consideration when choosing an effective personal organizer software is the purpose you need the software to serve. If you are using the software to coordinate who has soccer practice and who has ballet, you may need a far different software set-up than the small business person who is trying to keep track of client luncheons, business expenses, and sales calls. Knowing what you need your software to do for you is the key to making the best choice for your needs.

Almost as important as knowing the purpose of the software is knowing how you plan to use it. If you want to use your personal organizer software strictly on your home computer, then a no frills, free program may be the perfect choice. If you prefer to take your schedule on the go with you, however, you may want to opt for software that is cross-compatible with different operating systems and devices such as cell phones and PDAs, or choose a web service that can be accessed from any Internet connected device. In some cases, you may even opt for a personal organizer software that can be run from a USB thumb drive so you can take your scheduling and personal information with you even when you are out of an Internet service area.

Another primary consideration is cost. While all the nice features included in some personal organizer software suites are nice to have, that product development usually comes with a price tag. If you don't need a program with 16 different world clocks and 32 alarm settings, it doesn't really make a lot of sense to pay for the feature. There are many types of organizers and software suites available to help people organize their personal schedule and information that are economically priced or free. If these programs don't meet your personal needs, you can always opt for the extras included in the higher priced packages.

When choosing the best personal organizer for your needs, consider the amount of time you are willing to invest in learning a new program. Every program will require some time to learn how it functions. More elaborate personal organizers generally require more time to learn the extra functions. Whether it's free personal organizer software or the most expensive software suite on the market, if you don't know how to use it, it is useless. Before you decide on an organizer for your personal needs, decide how much time you are willing to invest in learning to use the software and make your choices accordingly.

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