No doubt about it, with all the electronic wizardry now at our fingertips, we love paper.
Read the comments at these postings over at Web Worker Daily and see how many times you nod your head thinking, “Oh yeah, me too.”
Five Reasons to Use a Paper To Do List: (click in for the full write-ups)
- Using pen on paper just feels good.
- You can’t beat pen and paper’s mobility and accessibility.
- Never hassle over synchronizing your to do list across multiple devices again.
- No application lock-in.
- Pen on paper gets you away from the computer.
- Gives you a reason to buy and try cool pens and notebooks.
- You can doodle pictures or mind maps on your to do lists.
- Paper and pen don’t set off the anti-electronics alarms of family and friends.
- It’s so convenient to write stuff down.
- You can change your to do list “data model” at any time.
- Forces you to limit your list and eliminate what’s unimportant.
I can so relate!
My love-hate relationship with paper is basically the love with the tactile pleasures of writing on exquisite papers (and all the toys that come with it), and the hate of filing.
Love the creative stuff, hate the professional, official, documentation, cya stuff. Love notebooks of every kind, even steno pads; hate the thought that I have to find places for them when they get filled in. Love blank journals and annotating books, and obsessively keep buying them; hate the pile-ups of old magazines, newspapers, and the junk mail that never stops (I definitely do not have the marketing appreciation Dave does).
Adore the magic of my laptop, and I grin from ear to ear when I have digitized a slip of paper and can feed it to the hungry jaws of my Fellowes shredder. Hate what my printer creates in spite of my best intentions; cannot possibly imagine being without it.
Would LOVE to be paperless; will NEVER be without something to write on. You should see this way-cute Paperchase journal I got on sale at Barnes and Noble …
Such long-standing habits and obsessions! From the archives: