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Organizing Myself on Paper: Final Thoughts

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over three months since I started the challenge to organize myself on paper. It was an interesting challenge, to say the least.

Throughout the challenge, there were a few trials and tribulations. A few low points and a few high points. Much of that was due to things happening in my life, and not the so-called limitations of using paper to organize myself.

While I think that the challenge was worthwhile, I’m not going to continue using pen and paper to organize myself. It has more to do with me than with the tools. I just wasn’t as comfortable as I’d hoped I was, or hoped I’d become, with using pen and paper.

But I did relearn a valuable lesson: to make a deliberate effort when using pen and paper. As I mentioned in a previous post, I marked tasks as complete once I’ve completed them. And I had a set time in the evening to lay out my tasks for the next day.

That’s a lesson I’m using now that I’m going back to digital. I’ve started using Todo.txt for my task lists again. It’s been a while since I’ve used it, but I’ve been able to embrace it completely thanks to some recent developments. I’ll be discussing those in a future post.

That’s not to say that pen and paper don’t have a place in my life. They do. I take a lot of notes, pen and paper are the best tools I have to immediately capture my thoughts and ideas. Nothing, not a phone or a tablet, can beat them.

I’m also toying with the idea of using a hybrid digital and text system to organize myself. I haven’t quite worked out the details yet, but when I do I’ll let fives of you who read this blog know.

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