How do you stay organized?

Notebook Love

Over the past year or so, I have done a lot of planning that has involved organizing ideas from my head to a more permanent place. In the digital age that we live in, one would probably think that this place was on a computer, tablet or platform like Evernote. While all of those tools have their merits, they just aren’t for me.

I prefer the trusty staple of pen and paper.

While it may seem antiquated, paper allows me to dump ideas from my brain and into some sort of flow. It also allows me to be messy when linking ideas together. Sure it may seem archaic, but for me it just works. For planning, it just can’t be beat and lets me transition to a digital format in a more efficient manner.

The same holds true for my “to do” lists and daily tasks. A list that needs to be scratched off just seems more daunting and requires action or TLC than say an Outlook reminder that I can easily hit snooze on.

Call me nostalgic, fool-headed, out-dated or stupid but hey paper just works for me. How do you stay organized?

10 Responses to How do you stay organized?
    March 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Google products for me. Tried everything but accessibility wins in the long run. The most helpful has been gcal month view, schedule everything. Schedule time to work on the task, not just the to do. Anything smaller than that should be just done and done by heart. Organizing thoughts is a use for google tasks as it’s really easily categorized and searched through Android apps.

  2. Ike
    March 7, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    I scribble quite a bit as well, but it’s all on my iPad. Then, when I am done, I export the PDFs to my Evernote, where they are searchable. (Yes, it finds words within images and in my handwriting.)
    When I need more real-estate, I scribble on my whiteboard — which then gets photographed, and dumped into Evernote.
    What I don’t get are the people who use the stock “Notes” app on the iOS deivces — it is horribly limiting for free-hand sketching, has poor font selection, and bad aesthetic.

  3. jeffespo
    March 7, 2012 | 1:39 pm

     @Ike I wish I was as tech savvy as you my friend. That and I do wish I had an iPad to do that. But I love the whiteboard to picture approach. 

  4. RaymondMcAnally
    March 8, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    @meagankae @jeffespo To do lists and To don’t lists.

  5. jeffespo
    March 30, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    @gsosk glad you like it. How’s your class going at BU with Todd?

  6. gsosk
    March 30, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    @jeffespo It’s great! Definitely learning a lot and thinking more strategically about digital as a whole. How is everything with you?

  7. jeffespo
    March 30, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    @gsosk always a good things… life is peachy and you?

  8. gsosk
    March 30, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    @jeffespo Good to hear! Life is pretty great as well. Let me know if you find any good digital events in Boston-I’d love to chat in person.

  9. jeffespo
    April 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    @dubyamarie it is a great feeling 😉 thanks for sharing

  10. ryanruud
    April 8, 2012 | 10:35 pm

    @jeffespo Were those Moleskins? nice!