Going Back to Paper

Going Back to Paper

I have an iPhone and an iPad and have been using that combination for the past three years. During that time, I’ve tested many digital planner solutions. It’s not that they don’t work per se. Instead, I like the connection by brain makes by putting pen to paper. That’s why I am going back to paper for my personal and business planning.

Digital Journey Background

I bought my first DayTimer (mail order, mind you!) in 1988. I was hooked. The paper was lovely and stood up to heavy use. I stuck with DayTimer until 1999. At that time my current employer was espousing Franklin Covey and offered substantial discounts. Plus, they had a store in the mall! Both companies had their methodology for goal setting and planning. I quickly learned how valuable it was to document my goals and then go back and measure my progress.

In 2001, I got bit by the digital bug. I bought a Handspring Visor Pro with a whopping 16 Megabytes of memory! Look at me РI had a binder that held my PDA and my paper planner pages! Once upgraded to the Treo, which was my first SmartPhone, I quickly ditched the paper planner.

I migrated to a Windows Mobile device, then an Android device, and got my first iPhone in 2012. In that time span, I went through many programs to find the best solution to plan, track my goals, etc. Nothing worked for me the way I envisioned.

My Steps for Going Back to Paper

Fast forward to late 2016, I made the decision to go back to paper. I follow the blog of Charlie Gilkey “Productive Flourishing” and in January 2017 I purchased Charlie’s Momentum Planner. It’s a set of PDF files that you can fill out on your computer and print. I was hooked! To keep it all together, I use the Arc customizable notebooks from Staples. I splurged on buying the punch so I could easily insert my printed planner pages.

Wrapping It Up

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer paper or a digital solution for planning? Let me know in the comments and be sure to sign up for my email list and follow me on social media for other great tips and solutions!

Image credit: Marten Bjork

Keep On Writing!

Keep on Writing

I wrote my first post on this site 3 months after I married. In 8 years since then, I’ve added 34 total articles – about 4 per year if you want to do the math. Prior to that, I had accounts on WordPress.com and on Blogger. To me, they seemed like an online diary and that’s not what I wanted to accomplish. Writing is a passion of mine that I want to continue to pursue.

Why I Write

When I decided to keep both a personal blog and a company blog, my reasoning was that I wanted to share my experiences and not just my personal rants. Heidi Cohen has a great article entitled “Why Have A Personal Blog?” I encourage you to check it out.

I have many different hobbies that pursue: needlework, crochet, working on stained glass with my husband, dabbling in watercolor, and writing. It’s the writing that I want to focus upon in the short term.

You Should Write Too

If you don’t have a personal blog to exercise your writing muse, I suggest that you consider starting one. There are many free options available that don’t require a tremendous amount of techno-savvy. WordPress has a free option – and you don’t even need a domain name (Although I highly recommend it for personal branding). Google’s Blogger is also free.

Make Time for Writing

Hands typing on computer

As a small business owner, most of my “spare time” is spent on housework, family time, and catching up on work. I seldom take time out for myself. One of the reasons that this image speaks to me as it reminds me to make time for writing.

I love to write! I’m not sure if it will ever lead to anything, but it makes me happy! I alternate between using a paper journal and an electronic journal – never sure which one will grab my attention for the day.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get up a bit earlier and spend time writing or mindmapping writing topics. There are some days that this works out, other days I simply jump into work tasks.

I got my first Mac Book about 3 years ago and read that I “needed” Scrivener to pursue my writing on a higher scale. So, I bought it and installed it and haven’t used it until this past week. I set aside enough time to watch a 90-minute webinar on Scrivener. I was very impressed with how powerful a tool it can be! So, that’s my next adventure!

2018 Update

I’ve managed to up my content writing on 2 sites! I am adding one article per week here and on my company’s site. One of this year’s articles again stressed the importance of making time for writing. To me, writing is similar to piano lessons. If you want to be proficient, then you must practice regularly.

As the year progresses, you’ll see me updating many of my previous articles – like this one. I want to make sure that I close the loop on any unanswered questions plus provide additional insights.


Photo courtesy of Damian Zaleski