Each week my wife and I meet to discuss our calendars and to-do lists. She has commented lately that my newest form of time management has been the most successful to date. What is my latest technological innovation? I use a paper-based system.
Sound ridiculous in today's world? Perhaps even more absurd considering my passion for software and development? At first glance it has surprised even some of my peers. But I do not hide behind or feel ashamed of my working system.
Here are some benefits I have from using a paper-based time management system:
- Batteries or power supply unnecessary
- Mechanical pencil has a powerful "undo" feature called erasure
- Physical attachments - example: tickets to the concert or ball game
- Manual sync. That's right. I consider this a benefit. I manually sync my Outlook calendar to my paper-based system. This has disciplined me to keep in touch with what is going on.
- Less distractions. I am not tempted to browse the Internet when managing my time.
To be fair, I do not use paper-based contact management. And I certainly don't use snail-mail. But for calendar and task oriented items, the technology of paper has been working the best.