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I have a confessions to make — I have gone back to a paper-based system. My electronic data was getting lost, and I was getting increasingly unresponsive and frustrated. So I went back to paper, and I’m more productive. Here’s why:
Everything At A Glance
On paper I can see the whole of a day in one place.My appointments, regular tasks and targets are all there for me to see. I know if I have a busy or relaxed day coming; I know if things need to be shifted or if I can add more.
After making the (obvious) discovery that planners are meant for planning (see Planners are for…wait for it…PLANNING!), I found it’s easier to construct a plant on paper. I have a sense of how my day and week are unfolding and I can adjust as needed.
The week where nights are filled with Girl Scout activities is not the time to launch a new e-course, for example.
Limited Real Estate Means Less Overwhelm
With paper, you are physically limited by the paper you are working with. This means you can only add as many things as the paper has space.
For me, this means that the things I want to accomplish are limited to the page. Since I am always over-stuffing my task lists, the physical limitation of the paper keeps this in check.
Gives You A Basis For an E-System
One of the reasons I go back to paper every now and then is because it strips my system down to the basics. It eliminates the unnecessary bells and whistles, removes work-arounds, and leaves me with the simple basics of the system that works.
From that point, I can choose to re-implement it in an electronic format, either making tools work for my system, or using only the parts of tools that meet my needs. In this way, I make my tools work the way I need, rather than trying to bend my work to the tools.
I’ve been using the paper system for a few weeks now, and I’m enjoying the relaxation I am getting from having everything planned. I’m no longer frantic, trying to fit a few more things into the day, and things that were stalled are being worked on.
Do you have any thoughts about paper vs. electronic? Share below.
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