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Posted by : Anita UnMuted November 28, 2012

When life gets crazy, we usually need a little help pulling it all together.

Managing thoughts, appointments, and life's out-of-control happenings can be challenging enough when life is "normal". But, all of that can be especially difficult to wrangle when life has jumped a little to the left of normal. During my seemingly never-ending journey to find one program to wrangle all chaos, I came across EfficientPIM.

I am a super-busy, homeschooling mom, and I need to keep precise records about almost everything. To that end, I've been on a wild search for a complete, functional, and
user-friendly calendar/journal/information-keeper for a long, long, long time.

Like many people, I've sampled or used various calendar-type products as a matter of convenience while I continued to look for something better equipped to handle my needs. I came across a program similar to Efficient's, but it had no support, and the programmers/creators seem to have abandoned the project. I thought I would never find something close to meeting my needs until I ran across EfficientPIM (personal information manager). Happy dance! Uh...almost.

Several features are available that allow a lot to be done with this program:

  • Organize thoughts and plans in the diary/journal.
  • Create recurring tasks and events with reminders.
  • Store sensitive information in the Password Manager.
  • Fully Manage contacts
  • Create individual notes.
  • Attach contacts to related notes, events, etc.
  • Add pictures to contacts, events, notes, etc.
  • Customizable Desktop "Sticky" Notes
There are multiple ways to view upcoming events, such as the today or week view, and the program offers several interface styles to suit any mood. Here's what Efficient Software has to say:
"EfficientPIM is a full-featured personal information manager (PIM) software program that can help you organize and plan your business and private life. With EfficientPIM you can keep track of contacts, appointments, tasks, to-do lists, birthdays, and much more. The program also gives you space for keeping notes, diaries, and even passwords. In order to be successful you need to be organized and efficient. With EfficientPIM all of the things you need to manage are located in one, easy-to-use interface."

Efficient Software has many products available. If you need something more specific for your home or business, Also available are the Efficient Lady's Organizer and the Efficient Man's Organizer. These programs offer interface/skin choices that are more gender-specific. I don't see the need for all of that when various skins could be added to one product offering users a wider variety without the program being more designated for a woman or a man. Personally, I'm not a fan of a bunch of pinky, foo-foo colors, so the standard version is fine for me.

There is a portable version available for those who need a product that's "go" ready. Several users? There's a Network Addition, too. If you just want one or two of the features, you can purchase what you need separately. Each product has a 30-day free trial, and free versions of the software are also available.

Currently, there isn't a way to sync with Google Calendar or similar programs. However, you can import comma delimited files with the .csv or .txt extensions. You can also export files in either the .csv or html formats. A mobile app is also not available at the moment. Sad, I know. So, unless you have the portable version, your information is going to feel pretty isolated. These are the only major cons with this program, but for me, these are pretty big cons.

RATING: 3.25 out of 5 paperclips [The lack of a mobile app or the ability to sync with popular calendars really dropped the possible score.]

Thanks for reading!

EfficientPIM  Efficient Software

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