Yikes! I had some old software I just loved that my computer outgrew with our latest update, and was having trouble finding something similar I could use. Having it all on my computer was so handy, and always the first place I would go to find a number, address, information on contractors, children or pet names...well you name it! I recently found something similar (I bought Hallmark Card Studio's latest software mainly for their Event Planner and Address Book, which works for me) and set about the task of retyping all my entries. My system includes putting businesses in CAPS, while friends and family are typed normally, so I can see in an instant what type of entry I'm looking for. The Calendar (a/k/a Event Planner) is where I keep all my notes, so I can check everything at a glance from Dr.'s appointments to when my library books are due.
OH MY. It's taken a full week to check and recheck old information, cross reference certain numbers, enter birthdays, anniversaries and even include Hours of Operation for businesses. (Currently, I'm a little brain fried.) My reluctance to print this out yet was a good idea, as it seems we keep thinking of new numbers to add! Once it's done, I'll be adding a copy to my car so I'll know who is open on Sundays, or where the closest branch is with the exact address. (Think GPS, which we can finally take advantage of.) Just this morning, I realized I had missed posting AAA, when my husband's truck needed to be towed for faulty brakes. (Enter the name of a good garage to make repairs.) I'm thinking of just putting friends and family in my old leather book, and leaving everything else out, which will go to the electronic version.
So here's my question: How do you manage your address book and keep it current? Is it a simple system, or have your OCD tendencies somehow come into play, like mine? Do you have it available electronically, or do you have a hard copy to periodically update? When did you last go through your entries to see if the information is still current?