I am desperate for a few systems and instead of getting more into apps on my phone, I’ve decided to go back to old ways. I miss the days when I felt productive and organized with my crumpled ‘to do’ list folded up on a sheet of paper in my pocket. Every couple of days I refreshed and rewrote it and that was all I needed. And I am pretty sure that is all I need now.
Life has gotten much more complicated since then with kids, more works projects, houses, and technology and it is even worse when the phone is constantly at me. New tweets, emails, msgs, calls – and I find myself drawn in to interactions I just don’t have the capacity for, instead of sitting quietly when I have a few spare moments. It is killing my creativity and I am eager to make a change.
This morning I pulled out an old notebook and wrote down all the things that my husband and I need to address together around the house. After dumping out a 2 page list in under 10 minutes (a task I could never complete in that time on a phone or even a tablet), I instantaneously felt physically better, but more importantly, I was suddenly less overwhelmed and paralyzed by trying to keep track of it all. I knew in an instant that I need to go back to paper.
My old lists used to look a lot like this one by ario. You just can’t doodle like that a cell phone and I need to doodle. I’m looking forward to seeing what my new lists are going to look like. I’m curious, are you a smart phone convert or tactile list maker? Or something in between? How do you keep track of things?
A quick list of things I enjoyed this week.
- I love this collection of lists.
- This made me laugh.
- Proud that Wes Andersen likes the same font we used for Leaf Magazine.
- Running shoes suck for hiking these are much better. (I just got a pair!)
- On the art front, I’m really loving these and these.
image by ario by creative commons flickr.