In prior posts on the topic of Microsoft Outlook, I complained that the program was not really written for users, and instead suffers from the creativity of programmers who have added in feature after feature without really understanding how users work.
The result is a bloated program with too many small, irrelevant things, and not enough of the right things.
One of the things it needs, for example is a log of the events that happen in a calendar of what actually happens in real time. The one log I truly would benefit from, for example, is one that captures the activities of the Reminder Window in the calendar.
If I had this, I would be able track my time more easily, by knowing how and when I disposed of items in my calendar. As a consultant, I track my time closely using an online program, and often when I look back at my calendar it simply doesn’t tell me what I was working on at what point in time — all it shows me is what I actually intended to do according to my plan.
My little programming knowledge leads me to think that this would not be a big deal, but I could be quite wrong about this.
I think this is just one of the ways in which Outlook could be redesigned around the way users actually get information and process it into time demands of different kinds.
I’m still looking out for a way to give Microsoft feedback on Outlook’s design, or someplace where they are discussing the way in which Outlook impedes good time management. Please… give me a hint someone!