Sunday, October 9, 2011
Technology vs. the Pen and Paper
iPad vs. Journal?
Everyone remembers the Vegas post from not too long ago right? Here's the summary in case you dont feel like clicking the link...sad times in Nevada...no the Bunny Ranch wasn't closed...I realized that I had become an iPad user, by that I mean heavy user, by that- I mean... pens were being thrown in drawers and forgotten about.
So.. you didn't think that I had thrown that iPad2 in the trash in Vegas did you? No way dude. It's really all about wants and needs. I want to use a pen and paper. I need to use Keynote and play Angry Birds. (Gack, I said it.)
Frankly, no one even questions when I waltz into a meeting carrying an iPad and a Journal. (iSad.) I don't think too many people actually correlate between ONLY having an iPad or using paper. Both still seem ok. Interesting.
Ok, back to the post...now...it's the best of both worlds. On one hand- I have an INSANE journal, on the other hand I have a world of games, emails and .ppts and on the other hand- I can still use all my favorite pens. (yes, I realize that is three hands-did you?)
So here's the real question...Where do these worlds collide in my day to day activities? For me- it's simple...my Journal is a list of all my scrapbooking projects and the names of all my imaginary kittens.
Kidding...I use it for Getting Things Done. Work stuff, to do's and things I am waiting on...I can't go home at night until my inbox is Zeroed out and the iPad and the journal help in between meetings to crunch that out. When I see inbox's with 727 unread messages I get twitchy.
So, it's all about balance. Find your happy place. Don't give in to one thing or another: embrace your inner geek, but don't forget about the history of people putting pen to paper and making magic. Oh, and file some of those emails... geez.
So a simple question and feel free to comment. Has technology kept you from writing as much as you like and how do you respond to that? When do you put down the keyboard and pick up the pen?