I LOVE PAPER
I love the way it feels to write on. Color on. Mark on. I love how much it weighs. I love the variety of colors, texture, weight, you can pick for writing on. My ex-father in law was a printer and his print shop was one of my favorite places to hang out at. He had stacks and stacks of paper. In all colors, sizes, textures, and sheens. Paper has intrinsic value and thus anything on paper has value as well. Which is a lot different than binary jibber jabber that resides on your phone or computer or online services or ….the cloud (dun dun dun).
And you know what is more impressive about paper? You can put it in typewriters and have tons of fun! I mean come on what is not to LOVE here?!?!
I Love My Franklin Planner
There’s nothing like writing out a long list of everything you need to do and then categorizing them by letters and numbers. And then knocking all those things out in a strategically sound manner. Start at A1 and don’t move on to A2 until A1 is completely done. If you don’t get to something just put a little –> next to it, and move the task to the next day. It’s a habit that’s hard to break. And of course since the tasks are written on paper, you actually REMEMBER them. As opposed to hacking something out on your phone’s Reminder List and then forgetting you even have a Reminder List in your phone’s OS. But I’ve digressed.
Ok so seriously now -does your online planning system give you this kind of feedback on the daily?
Yeah. I didn’t think so. It’s like having a Best Friend at your side. All day. Cheering you on. I love mine.
I Love 35mm Film, Prints, and Slides
My Dad gave me all his old 35mm cameras and lenses before he passed away. I don’t know if any of them work, we’ve not had time to mess with them yet. But I love 35mm film, prints, and slides. I love my iPhone 6, and the Olloclip lenses, but I also have thousands upon thousands upon thousands of photos on hard drives that I worry will never be printed. Never be put in albums. My children will never see. It’s impossible to keep up with. I need to get in a better habit of ordering prints.
The problem is that the digital prints don’t look as good as the digital images. And I’m a total photography snob. My ex-husband is a super talented photographer, thanks to yours truly, and pretty much no one comes close to his level of expertise with photography save Chase Jarvis. I’m not even joking. Anything Royce wanted to do he does to the most perfect form. Except marriage and family but again… I digress.
The point is 35mm prints are on film and that film has an intrinsic value that I don’t attach to digital pictures. Digital pictures are …what? Nothing. They have no value as an item of substance until you print them. They are just data saved to …the cloud? Your hard drive? Your social accounts? They can all be gone in a **poof**.
I literally have hundreds of these of the children. These are not my slides – but I have binders full of slides!!!! In fact, I’m going to set up a slideshow at the family Thanksgiving party this month. Yes – I’m GEEKING OUT ABOUT IT!
Digital Data Hoarding
Lately I’ve been losing a lot of things. Probably because I’ve got a lot going on. Let’s talk about tonight, for example. I need to write up some user personas and get those to my team. My distributed team. We had a chat last week and discussed and I took lots of NOTES ON PAPER but that was a week ago and guess what – I can’t find the paper with all my notes. I even kept working after the call so I could finish detailing the user personas that we had brainstormed to a fairly polished state, conceptually speaking that is, and I jotted all the thoughts on that notepad.
Guess what I can’t find tonight?
Guess what I need to get done tonight?
And you know what that has made me do? Reassess the way I value digital data that makes up notes, photos, and planning software. Imagine if I had just worked in my MacBook notes, or Google Drive Docs, or Slack Files, or Basecamp Project folder. I’d have the information at my fingertips. And I’d be done with the task. And my team mate Jackie could already be looking at the User Personas.
But I didn’t.
Because I’ve been holding onto things that no longer make any sense. Like paper note taking.
I’m not willing to give up on my love for paper, planners, and photos from film, but I think it’s time I join the 21st century and stop taking work-related notes on paper that ends up lost and I waste time looking for it and then waste more time wishing I had just used a dang digital method.