For several years now, I have bought (in addition to my large kitchen calendar) a small pocket planner. This has been a great solution for me. It keeps me organized with appointments, social engagements, special events, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. My plan is to always post the appointment in my calendar planner, and then transfer it to my kitchen calendar. This prevents disaster, if my daily planner should get lost, because I can still access my appointments, important celebrations, and special events by checking my large calendar.
This was especially helpful for me, when I was caring for my elderly mom, who had a different doctor for each body part. Between her appointments and mine, there was no way to stay on track, without the use of this handy planner. I always keep it in my purse, and immediately write down any appointment, at the time I make it. This is not a day timer, but rather a pocket calendar, with small blocks to write in the time of your appointment.
However, my daily pocket calendar gets a LOT of use, and at the end of the year, it is always falling apart. My husband got my planner for me this year, as a stocking stuffer, and it happened to be a 2 year planner. But as much as I use it, it will never survive that long!
It has an area for special dates, planning for 2011, listings of birthstones and flowers, U. S. area codes, and even an address section. It also has a place for personal information, including emergency and medical information, a 3 year reference calendar, and important dates such as holidays. This is a very thin pocket planner, that fits right in my purse, and doesn't take up much room. It's a very convenient, useful tool for staying organized. One I will never be without!