A client of mine teased me the other day when she saw me pull out my calendar book to write down an entry.
“I thought you were so tech, and here you are with a paper calendar,” she said by way of explanation.
“But I have a 30Boxes calendar as well!” I retorted. “And it sends me text message reminders to my cellphone!”
I don’t know why I felt that I needed to prove my tech savvy by rattling off how wired I really am and that the paper calendar is just my first line of defense against my progressively bad memory.
I just like the tangible feeling of a paper calendar. I like the feeling of pen on paper. I like seeing what I write on a page. Our words are so digitized these days with reading and writing emails, reading our news on Web sites, connecting with others through online social networks - that for me, writing things down on paper really grounds me.
Case in point: I still take notes in a spiral notebook. Whether I’m at a conference or a client meeting, I whip out the same notebook and put pen to paper. In the last year, I’ve moved away from lined paper, preferring completely blank pages. And I’ve moved away from numbered lists to lists of to-dos with little open boxes next to them to check them off as I do them.
Now before you think I’ve gone entirely non-tech, I had another friend tease me at a blues club when she lifted my very large leather handbag.
“It’s so heavy! What do you have in it? You don’t need to carry something like this to a club!”
I proceeded to reach into the depths of my bag and pull out:
1. My LG NV2 (my long distance mobile phone)
2. My cheap LG (my local (Alaska) mobile phone)
3. My iPod Touch (which, by the way, picked up free wifi at the blues club, and that thrilled me because you never know when you need to do a Google search)
4. My Nikon COOLPIX digital camera (the compact kind)
5. My Flip video camera (the older, 30 minute capacity version)
So even while I’m in love with my paper calendar and my paper notebook, I can’t seem to leave the house without gadgets galore. But if you see me at a conference or a business meeting, don’t laugh when I pull out the paper stuff. There’s a method to my madness!
What do YOU use for scheduling and taking notes? What gadgets do you carry around with you at virtually all times?