Mini Post-it note children, OCD and tech, OH MY!

I wrote a guest post on Freelance Folder the other day (which I’m super ecstatic about, by the way, because I’ve been wanting to post on there FOR-EV-ER! after site stalking) and was getting a bunch of positive and interesting comments on there. Pretty much, the article was about how pen and paper can slow productivity down and hold you back from getting a lot of work done. If you know me, or have seen my desk at home, you know that I’m a post it note LOVER. I LOVE THEM. I have so many different colors and sizes…and they are stuck everywhere- including my forehead. If I could marry them I would. I could have little post it note children, and I could totally write their appointments on their faces and it would be OKAY. Because they are mini-post its and I could do that type of thing without being arrested.

I also used to carry around a planner the size of my head just to stay organized- because I had a big problem with trusting that kind of stuff to technology. Plus, I’m so OCD about little details, that putting it in my iPhone calendar didn’t make sense. It would take me about 5 hours (total exaggeration, by the way.) to get it how I want it. So, I stick to post it notes.

I was amazed at how many people on there are like me- they use their laptops/iPads/smart-phones for certain parts of planning and organizing, but still stick to good ol’ pen and paper for other things. Like a to-do list. I tried SO HARD (I really did.) to use my tech for organizational purposes. I have a macbook, which is too big to really take around solely for the purpose of planning… so that stays home. I also have a netbook, but the real estate is so small on it that it irritates the hell out of me. Then, I have my iPad. I would have the calendar open, and my to-do list open. But guess what! The iPad isn’t up with today’s technologies and can’t multi-task! Thanks Apple! You’ve taken a step backwards with a revolutionary product!

So that totally went out the window.

Out of everyone out there, my friends and coworkers are always surprised that I still resort to my to-do list style. I tape post it notes, in a row, on my desk so I can see what I have to do. Yes, I know post-it notes are sticky. Don’t ask about the tape.

BUT I SEE I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE! I’m glad to see there are others that find solace in cute little moleskins, flashy colored post-it notes and awesome pens. Thanks for making me seem normal for not completely trusting my daily life to a piece of technology- as well as curbing my insanity JUUUUUUST a little bit.

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  • http://www.foodgal.com Carolyn Jung

    I'm a luddite, too!. Hah. I prefer pen and paper to organize my calendar. Maybe force of habit? All I know is that I appreciate getting to look at everything with one easy glance. Helps me stay more organized, too.

  • http://www.esvienne.com Selena Narayanasamy

    I agree! there's something about physically writing it down that makes it definite, and it sticks in your head. I do use evernote for note taking (much faster than by hand) but I always end up with post it notes around :)

  • http://www.foodgal.com Carolyn Jung

    I’m a luddite, too!. Hah. I prefer pen and paper to organize my calendar. Maybe force of habit? All I know is that I appreciate getting to look at everything with one easy glance. Helps me stay more organized, too.

  • http://www.esvienne.com Selena Narayanasamy

    I agree! there’s something about physically writing it down that makes it definite, and it sticks in your head. I do use evernote for note taking (much faster than by hand) but I always end up with post it notes around :)