Juggling work, family events and all of your other activities can feel like a full-time job, and it's easy to forget appointments and miss deadlines if your schedule isn't organized. Appointment books and standard calendar programs can help, but they're not worth much if you forget to check them.
That's why I recommend Rainlender. The free software puts an interactive calendar right on your computer's desktop, so your schedule is always front and center when you're logged in.
The program is helpful without being intrusive. It sticks a small monthly calendar on your desktop in addition to a list of your daily events and to-dos. You can also drag the calendar around your desktop to find a spot that works for you.
That's not all. You can also personalize the events on your calendar with unique appearances and audio alerts, so you won't forget about important meetings and tasks.