I have a lot on my plate right now.

(I’m in the running for the Captain Obvious cape and crown. Bear with me.)

I’m back at work full-time, though my office has changing “standard hours” for salaried staff that are calculated by some complex algorithm or, possibly, just picked out of the air on a whim. Regardless, I have Fridays off until the end of September with full pay. To help with Matthew’s increasing work hours (and for an excuse to hang out with my kidlets), I took Tuesdays off this summer without pay. I mean, a girl has to work on her tan sometime, right?

In addition to my office job, I have a column and other responsibilities over at Work It! Mom. I am part of the blog team over at The Daily Grommet and also write some of the daily stories on the main site. A few weeks ago, I started writing posts on photography over at The Bad Moms Club.

Oh, yeah. I also have this husband guy? And we have three kids who are starting school in less than two weeks? And we have a lot of family commitments?

(That was for my American friends who tell me that my Canadian accent makes every sentence I speak sound like a question.)


I am usually a very organized person. The A in Angella stands for (Type) A. I make lists upon lists. I will even write things on a list that have already been completed, for the primary purpose of deriving the joy that I get from crossing those items off.

I’m not sure what happened these past few months, but I have dropped the ball. Nay, I have taken the ball and kicked it off of the field. My lists haven’t been happening and I keep telling myself I will remember something but I forget that I am (old, and) a huge failure when I deviate from The Lists. List domination is but…a distant memory?

(I think I really do speak like that.)


For years now, I’ve used a Polestar calendar to keep track of everything. There are nice columns and grids and a sleeve to store papers in. They are PERFECT. Except that I haven’t used mine in, oh, six months or so. When I worked from home, I could pull out the calendar throughout the day and keep track of everything. Since returning to the office I’ve gotten out of the habit because the calendar doesn’t fit in my purse and so I’ve resorted to Post It notes and my memory.

You see where this is going, right?

I keep forgetting things. Birthday parties, appointments, DEADLINES. This is not cool.

While the Polestar may not fit into my purse, my iPhone does. Heck, it’s in my hand/on my desk (Angry Birds/Words With Friends, anyone?) most of the day. I need some kind of system that will sync to my phone (and Matthew’s phone) that we can both access online to update our family calendar. A separate calendar just for my personal deadlines would be good as well, as all of that information on a shared calendar would likely make his head implode. Nobody wants that, especially me.

I threw the question out on Twitter yesterday. Nicole swears by Google Calendar and Vahid told me to check out Remember The Milk. I haven’t had the time to do so as I had to work all day yesterday and then host a family get-together for a certain dude’s birthday. Plus, I’d love to hear if (these options are THE HOLY GRAIL, or) you have a system you swear by.

Help a girl out?

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  1. Robyn August 26, 2010 12:50 am edit

    Google Calendars all the way.
    I have one, my partner has one, I have one for my work/volunteer committments and we even have one for our spare bedroom so we don’t double up on visitors!

    We can see all of the calendars from our computer, from our phones, wherever we are.

    Can’t imagine life without it.

  2. Dawn K. August 26, 2010 6:28 am edit

    I second Google calendars. As a fellow list maker and organization junkie, I love being able to give each calendar its own color. I can share with my husband as well, and get email reminders and pop-up reminders on my iPhone.

  3. Eric's Mommy August 26, 2010 6:28 am edit

    Google Calendar baby.
    I have a regular wall calendar for appointments and b-days and stuff like that. I use the Google Calendar for our bills and anything money related. It has saved me many times from forgetting a credit card payment.

  4. Ashley August 26, 2010 7:40 am edit

    Ok so I just opened the link to that calender and my heart started to race a little. That is AMAZING. This is from the woman who travels with her planner (even on vacation) and sleeps with her Blackberry (it’s beside the bed, wouldn’t want to crowd Corey). Lists are necessary and the only way anyone gets food or the correct clothes packed in my house.

    Good luck finding the right app. When you do, if it’s as fabulous as that planner you may have just done Apple a favour and sold an iPhone :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The Power of Beauty =-.

  5. kakaty August 26, 2010 7:46 am edit

    love Google Calendars. LOVE

  6. kim @ mommyknows August 26, 2010 8:38 am edit

    I so can’t help you, but I need help badly. I am going to check out google calendars RIGHT NOW!

    My memory just isn’t what it used to be.

  7. jenn August 26, 2010 8:45 am edit

    again, google calendar. hard part is getting my husband to check it. Ugh.

  8. Kim August 26, 2010 9:39 am edit

    Google Calendar – multiple ones, actually so things can be colour coded – Birthdays, Car Pooling, My Stuff, Husband’s Stuff, Daughter’s Stuff etc. each have their own calendar

    Remember the Milk – lovely for making lists and categorizing lists AND it sends you reminders!

    Evernote – for all those things that you need to remember – it puts your Post-It notes on your computer/iphone so you always have them with you.

    Shopper Lite for grocery lists – I have multiple lists – one for each store or town I might be shopping in.

    I’m looking forward to reading the comments to this entry to see if there is anything else out there as I too LOVE to be organized (and to have everybody else in my life organized!!!!)

  9. Kerri Anne August 26, 2010 11:37 am edit

    Hmm…I don’t really have any suggestions beyond what’s already been mentioned, and honestly, I use online tools pretty sporadically (and my iPhone calendar even less), because I’m totally old school. I mean, I use iCal to add events and send reminders (esp for work), but I love just using a Moleskine or other notebook for my To-Do lists and general daily note-taking.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Stand In The Place Where You Live =-.

  10. hillary August 26, 2010 12:08 pm edit

    I am so happy that you wrote this post because I am in dire need of an online calendar :)
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..So You Think Youd Like To Be In My Shoes =-.

  11. Laura Radniecki August 26, 2010 12:22 pm edit

    I’m getting my toes wet with google calendar. Can’t offer much help.

    Although I can TOTALLY relate to adding things to lists just to cross them off again. Need to make a list? Perfect. Start it with: MAKE LIST. Once list is complete – crosssss it off! :)
    .-= Laura Radniecki´s last blog ..Kordell Family – Lifestyle Family Photography =-.

  12. Danica August 26, 2010 2:27 pm edit

    The only thing that worked for me when it got like that was to drop stuff. But I’m naturally less organized than you, so who knows (The D in Danica stands for disarray. Maybe disheveled. Or disaster.)
    Maybe you should hire an assistant. Haha.

  13. Hannah August 26, 2010 2:39 pm edit

    I’ve never used Google Calendar but by the sound of it, you should!

    I use the organiser calendar on my phone, a wall calendar, and a real, old-fashioned write-with-pen-on-white-pages diary. Works for me!!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..I’m sorey … =-.

  14. Domestic Extraordinaire August 26, 2010 3:12 pm edit

    you have ical in your macbook and it will sync with both of the iphones. We use it here and it works wonders because it magically syncs with all the macs so we all have each others schedules.
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..Fifteen years =-.

  15. Brittany August 26, 2010 4:55 pm edit

    Not to jump on the bandwagon or anything, but GOOGLE CALENDARS ARE AWESOME! And I think the “A” in that Awesome also stands for Type A, because I don’t know how I used to remember things before Gmail turned me onto Google calendars. Yahoo calendar has been my backup for years (mostly bcz I love the layout more than Google’s, but whatevs). Anyway… Yes, try out Google calendars and see what you think. I have at least 5 categories in mine (birthdays/anniversaries, workouts, softball games, younameit). You can also share them with VIPs (such as your hubby), but you still get to control who has edit-access vs. read-only-access. Sweet control! Bonus: Handy customizable e-mail reminders and repeatable (for annual, monthly, etc.) events. Ok, there’s my plug! :)

    By the way, Angella, my hat goes off to you for managing all your commitments as well as you do. Viva la organizacion!

  16. christy August 26, 2010 6:03 pm edit

    We would be lost without it. We can sync all our computers and itouch to it. We also use a program called “The Hit List.” SO awesome. I haven’t tried google calendars but I’m sure they’re awesome from everyone says. Let me know what you find is better. Also…HI!

  17. Jenn August 26, 2010 6:47 pm edit

    Another vote for google calendars. I use and love it. Although I haven’t used anything else.

    I think it’s normal to let things go over the summer. Then pick up lists and organization again in the fall.

    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..The other side of the coin =-.

  18. Shelley August 28, 2010 12:06 pm edit

    I have a blackberry & having it synched to outlook on both work and home computers means never having to go more than a few minutes without a “friendly” reminder to do something.

  19. Laurie August 29, 2010 4:46 pm edit

    Another vote for Google Calendar! I use it for personal, work, and I use it to access several of my clients information. Syncs perfectly with my iPhone too!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..A Different Kind of Mommy War =-.

  20. Momo Fali August 29, 2010 6:50 pm edit

    I have been trying to use Google Calendar, and when I do use it, I like it. Though, I still hand-write lists for lists…and I write down, then cross-out, completed tasks too! I knew I loved you.

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