Paper Diary vs Online Calendar

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    Sarah Goss on #212543

    I’m just wondering whether other gigging harpists favor a paper planner or an online calendar (google calendar or similar)? I’ve always used a paper diary because I find it easier to check when I’m talking to a client on the phone but am I being terribly old fashioned? Also I worry about losing it – at least a digital one would be backed up right? I would love to know what works for everyone else. Thanks!

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    catherine-rogers on #212545

    I have a large, 5-year calendar but also keep a calendar on my phone. The paper calendar has my husband’s jobs and mine, so we know who is busy and when, and it has other things like birthdays, vacation, etc. The phone calendar is mainly my jobs with contact information and other things I personally have to do. I keep the paper calendar forever in case I need to look back to see when something was done. It’s a useful resource.


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    Alyson Webber on #214076

    For a calendar, my husband and I have linked our Google calendars so that we always know if one of us is busy. No paper.

    I’ve recently been struggling with related problem. Up until this year, I have always had a full time job and just did harp work through word-of-mouth and wasn’t very busy. Now that I’m a stay at home mom, I’m actively pursuing work and getting it. Not super busy yet, but I want to have a good system in place to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. From keeping track of who hasn’t sent in their contact to what songs the bride wants and what they prefer I wear, there is a lot of information that each event needs that I don’t want to mess up.

    A simple spreadsheet seems ungainly, I’d love a database or something that works on Android systems. If not, I’d love to hear how other busy freelance harpists keep it all together.


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    Elettaria on #214092

    I really like the DigiCal app, which hooks up with your Google Calendar but gives you extra functionality. I’m not a professional harpist, just for regular use. I know a lot of people with very complicated schedules who swear by Google Calendar.

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