I'll admit it. I'm going back to paper.
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Okay... confession time.
I have a Mac. I love it.
I dig technology even though it doesn't always dig me.
I will also admit that the latter part of this year has been an "experiment" with technology.
It's been an experiment to automate and to use technology to improve my work-life balance and my productivity. I wanted to try new strategies to help juggle, prioritize and clarify.
So... I shifted from my paper-based Franklin Covey system. That's right. I closed that seven-ring binder. Put it on a book shelf and walked away.
I went smart phone.
I started running most of my life through my Mac. Schedule. To-dos. Projects. Et cetera.
At first, it felt clunky... just like any new habit feels. Then I started to get the hang of it.
Entering things. Syncing. Entering to-do's with their due dates, et cetera. Color coding. Categories.
Yup. It almost started to feel right.
But... as I progressed in my little experiment... I had to admit that I missed that feeling of paper. That pencil. That moving things from day-to-day with an eraser instead of a mouse. And... the biggest thing... was that feeling of checking off a "to-do" with pen to paper instead of a cursor to electronic box.
Yeah... sorry... the e-version of that feeling didn't compare.
So... call me an old-school dork... but I'm going back to paper in 2009.
That's right. I may still carry around a cool phone and have a Mac in my bag... but I'll have my little ol' seven-ring day planner with me too.
Now, as I wrap this up, I'm not going to advocate for going paper or high-tech in your pursuit of better work-life balance. Nope. Neither.
What I'm going to ask you to do... is... as you are wrapping up your year... run a little experiment for yourself.
Try some new things for organizing your life. See what works for you and what doesn't.
And... once you've tried some new things... make a decision. Commit to improving at two to three things for your work-life balance systems for the new year... whether it involves pencil and paper or something you have to plug in!
Oh... and join in the conversation.
Leave a comment on whether your organizational toolbox is high-tech or low-tech... AND what's something new you are going to try in 2009 to better balance your life!