Go Old School

Evernote, Onenote, Sticky-notes, whatever is your normal piece of digital scrap is great. But nothing beats just writing shit down.

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Maybe I’m archaic, living in the past, but I don’t think so. There’s loads of reasons I prefer paper and a pen for getting organised. The only reason I might stretch to giving you Evernote, is because it interacts with physical documents as well.

Yes, Gantt charts and Project Plans are probably still best done digitally and kept within the frames of your PC, I’ll give you that.

But for personal organisation it’s got to be the Parker (Okay it’s a cheap as fuck biro but to hell with it!). But why? How can paper that kills trees, better than using my iPad? Well, Madame, Sir, I’ll tell you.

  1. It’s just there – I write it down, BOOM it’s instantly out of my head and there to refer to. There’s no searching around on your open tabs to find the relevant notes window you had open. It’s a quick jot, wherever you are, and ready to be taken with you, wherever you go.
  2. It’s versatile – You can scrap it, cross it out, put an arrow there, put a circle round it here, tick it, whatever the hell you want to it. No mumbo jumbo, fooling around with format painter or some crap. It’s easy as (writing) ABC
  3. I’m a perfectionist. I can spend far too long auto-aligning stuff on Visio or PowerPoint, but none of that matters in my own pad, letting me just crack on with what I need to do. This makes for a far more organised (though slightly more messy) me.
  4. Dog ears – No matter how good your filing is or how swarve your outlook rules are, it’s way easier to just turn a couple of pages to refer to something you previously noted with a turned corner, or a bold // next to the line. It’s simple, organisational sense.
  5. You don’t look like a jerk – You always look like a jerk writing on your laptop in a meeting, because everyone thinks you’re on Facebook, fuck you probably are on Facebook.. There’s no Facebook in my notepad, and everyone knows it. It’s all about presenting that right image.
    • To emphasise this point, even if I’ve my laptop in a meeting, or am presenting in a meeting, I still make my quick notes on paper.
  6. Class – A written note and a nice pad has a certain special something to it. It’s not organisation related as such, but still gives some clout to paper over pc in my book.

It’s not for everyone, I know folk who wouldn’t dream of carrying a notepad with them. But I call them nuts. Try it out – I bet you’ll be quicker, more organised and have a better image.



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