Monday, December 19, 2011

Resolutions for 2012

This morning I came upon this great blog by Dorie Clark about five things one should stop doing in 2012 (or any year for that matter). Often my New Year's resolutions lean toward how I can find more time by becoming more efficient.  For example this coming year, for the first time ever, I have decided not to buy a pocket-sized daily planner and use the calendar on my IPhone instead.  Now I realize many of you are asking, "What century are you from?" but I have this anxiety that I'll forget something unless I write it down.  I would like to get away from this stress, so this year I'm going to take the leap, or at least try it and see.  I'll still get to write out my tasks on the handy TO-DO list I keep on my office desk-studies have shown people do remember things better when they write them down rather than typing them into a technical device (see my previous blog), but at least now I will have less to carry around with me, and can save a tree in the process!
Be sure to read this blog:
5 Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012
What are you going to let go of/change/do more of in 2012?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Why the Pen is Ever Mightier

The other night a friend of mine poked fun at me for pulling out my old fashioned weekly planner when it came time to schedule our next get-together.  I am well known for sticking to pen and paper when it comes to organizing everything: my TO-DO list, my thoughts, my shopping list, my schedule...There's something about being from a generation that didn't grow up with portable electronic devices that keeps me from making the leap from paper to screen.  And it isn't like they aren't all there right in front of me, my IPhone, my laptop, my home computer.  But for me, the act of scratching a writing utensil across the paper solidifies a thought in a way that typing won't do.  For the most part, my activities on my electronic devices are fleeting.  For a moment I'm doing something on my IPhone or computer before fliting on to the next task.  That's why I'm concerned that if I rely on electronic lists and calendars I'll simply forget what I needed to do.  And now there is a study that supports me in my commitment to pen and paper.  Read the above article to find out why it's been shown the process of writing something down helps you remember far better than relying on technology.