23 thoughts on “Tailoring Time Management”

  1. Nice post…

    Personally I use Backpack. Its a great site, as are all the other 37signals apps, but Backpack has everything I need, included custom pages and a great calendar. I have email through work so that is not a problem for me and there is no need for Gmail/Yahoo. At first I hated having to pay for the service, but its so cheap and Backpack is so good, that I can’t really complain.

  2. ZohoX is looking really good so far. Still digging in, only complaint I had to the ZohoX team is that the calendar – you are stuck with the dropdown 30 minute increments. Don’t like that, but other then that, everything else I’ve tooled around in works great.


  3. I am in the same boat, but I am looking for a contact database in addition to a calendar. I have been using ACT! for work clients and Outlook for personal but I really want to get away from ACT! and find something that will sync with my phone/PDA. I use a Nokia Symbian 60 platform device and it’s hard to find something.
    In the past I have tried PHProjekt and my employees still use it. I have alse experimented with Appshore. Somebody mentioned Zoho to me a few weeks ago and I am considering trying it soon.

  4. I basically do the same as you, but with Yahoo. Use the calendar to send msgs to my cell and/or Gmail.

    Yahoo has the added bonus that it will sync Yahoo contacts and calender to my cell (this doesn’t work with all carriers, but does with Cingular.) Not only does this update my cell phone list of phone numbers, it also provides a complete backup of them on Yahoo.

  5. I use a mishmash, but it works for me. Google calendar for most tasks combined with backpack reminders just to remind me about things. Everything sends me text messages. Also, I use Google calendar as my repository with the backpack feeds going into GCal.

  6. Yahoo! ain’t all bad – if you use the entire package (mail, calendar, to-dos, etc.), it’s remarkably robust and interconnected. Now, with Y! Go, it connects with the smartphone. Nice package.

    Google’s combination is good, but not quite as full-featured.

  7. I agree with you, google calender combined with gmail is relatively better option. I love the SMS alerts feature tough it is still not available in my country.

  8. I use a Powerbook and Blackberry and wanted all my stuff to be available online too. I settled on a Exchange account which I rent for a few euros a month. It syncs my calendars to my Mac and Blackberry. I did have to buy GroupCal which used to be terrible software but now works very well. Addresses are also synced on all platforms so if I add an address online, on the Blackberry or on my Powerbook within minutes it is available everywhere. My email is available everywhere too. And not just incoming mail but also my sent items.

    I didn’t like switching to Exchange but once you have everything set-up it just works so well that I now recommend the same set-up to every web-worker I know.

    One more detail: I have an old PC at the office with a CardReader attached to it and Outlook installed. I save the businesscards I collect and once a week scan them at the PC. Then they get synched to all my other devices too.

  9. Right now we’re using a combination of salesforce + gmail hosted + blackberries with funky mobile things to start a company whose business model has a very large “moving around” component which requires lots of punctuality and preparation – in company language courses.

  10. Here at Harvest headquarters, we love Google calendar for day to day managing. We have one “corporate” calendar which we all share, and it outlines everything from meetings to vacation days, and keeps everyone in sync. Another feature we love is the SMS reminders in gcal is also a nice plus, and if you are on the road, you can set up new appointments right from your phone (details)

  11. Why are you making things harder than they need be? There are plenty of exchange hosting companies that you can get an account at for about $10 per month that give you all of the features you need. Then you can use outlook, outlook web access and easily connect your mobile phone.

  12. Jeb,

    You may want to try http://www.officegateway.ca if you are looking for a contact managment piece with a web based calendar (iCal supported) and WAP enabled calendar in real time (no synching needed). It as also has some very good sales forecasting tools as well along with document managment.

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  14. Chris,
    Thianks for the suggestion. The only problem is, is that it looks like they want a credit card to trial the product. That’s a NO NO for me. Thanks anyways, it looks like a nice product.

    I was just told about FreeCRM.com over the weekend and it really looks interesting.

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