Organization: Digital or tangible?
With all of the options available, both digital and tangible, what is the best way to organize my life? There is a plethora of options – I just have to find what’s available and what works best for me. Easy enough, right? If so, then why am Ihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif feeling hints of frustration swelling inside me? I know I’m not the only person in the world that struggles to organize his/her many facets of life: professional, family, personal, social, etc. In fact, there’s a whole blog (and loyal following) that is dedicated to the pursuit of planner nirvana, called Plannerisms.
I have an iPhone, so I should be synced, reminded, and organized with my pocket-sized computer, right? Well… maybe. I could have it remind me to pick up milk as I’m leaving work and alert me to take the dog for a walk when I pull into my driveway. But, that’s not quite enough. When I’m in a meeting, I still want a notebook to write down my to-do list for each project. And, there’s something about having a special reference point for goals and action items completed towards reaching that goal. There are apps for that. There are also journals for that. I suppose this comes down to personal preference, but for me, I feel like there’s got to be a happy medium. Synching my phone to the Cloud provides reassurance that shattering or losing my iPhone won’t erase every picture, app, and note that was on it. Having all information in a notebook or planner feels a little bit safer. Other than it catching on fire or being misplaced/stolen, it’s not as likely that http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifeverything would be destroyed in a millisecond. And, there’s something sentimental about going back through the past year of my life when flipping through a notebook vs scrolling through notes in my phone.
So, I have options and considerations. And, here they are:
1. Go all digital: Use my iPhone to its fullest extent and use it exclusively for all notes, planning, and scheduling.
2. Walk the line: Use my iPhone for some planning and scheduling but also rely on notebooks &/or planners to keep track of to-do items, finances, notes for projects at work
3. Get an awesome notebook “catch-all” for personal and professional items, such as a Reflexions notebook, or a structure planner/diary such as The Woman’s Success Planner or the Collins Home & Work Diary.
Similar blog: Consolidating Calendars on the Plannerisms blog