Organizers tempt us every year
The impulse toward organization and smarter time management has become a big business. BlackBerrys, Palm Treos and other personal digital assistants are a fact of life.
And for the technological foot draggers, there is a profusion of planners, folders and filing systems targeting about every lifestyle and demographic ("important papers" folders for schoolchildren, daily planners for professionals, weekly schedulers for busy families, to-do lists for moms, big-print check registers for seniors).
Are these age-specific organizational tools genuinely helpful, or could we all get by just as well with a pad and pencil and maybe a few sticky notes? "The benefit of a group-specific product is that someone has put thought into the content specific to that group," says Julie Morgenstern, author of "Never Check E-Mail in the Morning." "A good foundation can help speed up the organization process."
And to further the appeal of that good foundation, don't discount the value of good looks. The more attractive and appealing you find your organizational system, Morgenstern says, the more motivated you'll be to keep it up into February and beyond.