Remember the Franklin day planner? I took a Franklin planner course back in the last century. It taught me everything I need to know about todo lists, task management, and keeping track of what I was doing, what I did, and what I wanted to do.
Now it’s the 21st century and what has changed since those days of pen, pencil, and a six-ring paper binder? No more pen. No more paper. Otherwise, everything else is the same and that’s not a good thing.
The Dirt Cheap Digital Day Planner
For the past couple of years I’ve been working to transition myself from the Franklin planner of yesteryear, and move into the digital realm.
A dozen planners and task managers later and I’m still looking. The problem is that my archaic paper and pen planner goes with me everywhere, including places my Mac cannot. Keyboard clatter during a meeting is not a good thing.
This week I’m using Opus Domini alongside my analog day planner. For less than the price of two trips to Starbucks, you get a digital version of the typical day planner. No need for pens or paper refills.
All the daily tasks, master tasks, project milestones, goals, and daily details are right where you left them back in the 20th century.
Does this look familiar?
Of course it does. It’s a digital version of the day planner used around the world for decades.
Instead of paper and pen that you lug around all day, it’s all on your Mac, easily updated, quickly backed up, and with more detail than you could ever collect with a pen or pencil in hand.
First, I’m impressed at how this thing looks and works. It’s like my old day planner on steroids. It does everything the old one did but with caveats.
It’s on my Mac. That’s both good and bad. Good? It’s on my Mac. Bad? You must use the keyboard to enter anything and that’s a bunch of clattering noise during a meeting.
Bad news, right?
No. As it turns out there’s an iPhone and iPad version of Opus Domini. That means the same look and feel of a classy digital day planner can show up on my iPhone or iPad, both of which are better citizens during a meeting than my Mac.
There’s just one problem with this attractive day planner app.
It does not sync data between the Mac and iPhone or iPad version. No data sync. No Dropbox. No iCloud. It’s Mac or nothing. Or, it’s iPad or nothing. Or, it’s iPhone or nothing else.
It’s the 21st century. If I can have movies, photos, music, show up on all my devices, why can’t I have the basic day planner data go with me wherever I go?