I have one of the original Pilot 5000's (oops, am I allowed to call them that now :-), and I use it all the time. It's great for:
- Saving people's contact information: I can write it down as soon as I hear it, and then I have it forever.
- Appointments: again, if I write it down as soon as I make
the appointment, I know I will be reminded about the meeting no matter where I am. Also, I can take notes in a meeting and attach them to the appointment, so later I can look back and remember what was talked about at the last meeting.
- Todo: I use it a lot for my groceries (when I run out of something I write it down, and then any time I pass a grocery store and have some time, I can get exactly what I need), and also for keeping track of various tasks at work.
- Memos: Great for taking notes in a meeting, and keeping lists of things; I have all of my favorite recipies in it (for both shopping and in the kitchen), and lists of books, cd's and videos that I have seen and want to buy, or saw an ad for and would like to see.
- Other: I've got a cribbage game on my pilot, so I can kill time before meetings start. Probably one of the best features! :-)
Basically, I think it has helped immensely in getting me organized, but it is like any other organizer in that you have to use it to get any benefit. The major advantage to it over other organizers is it's storage capacity, it's size, and it's interface. It can hold far more than most dayplanners, in a package small enough to fit in your pocket. The interface, while not especially easy to use, is also not especially difficult (i.e. it doesn't get in the way). This lets people use it more, which enhances it's usefulness greatly.
I've had several digital organizers before this one, but none of them were as useful, or have gotten as much use as my pilot. Definitely money well spent, IMHO.
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